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FREE arts festival SO Festival 2016 is calling on community groups in East Lindsey to support its pop-up planting project, by growing seeds at their schools, homes and community centres. As well as members of the public who might have room in their gardens, greenhouses and windowsills for a few potted plants.

The family-friendly arts festival has commissioned artist Julia Barton to design a garden installation which will be sited on the prom in Skegness from Saturday 2 to Sunday 3 July with the pop-up gardens containing plants grown by the public.

Commenting on the scheme festival director Lorna Fulton said; “We need more than 10,000 plants for the display so we’d love to hear from schools, community groups and local allotment owners that can help us by offering to grow a number of plants for the project. We’ll provide everything that you need, you just need to add water – we’ll even arrange drop off and collection of the seeds and plants.”

This year SO Festival is inspired by ‘the elements’ – earth, air, fire and water, with the pop-up garden installation representing earth.

Julia Barton, the artist leading the project said; “The pop-up garden will be inspired by the local agricultural patterns and will feature strong bright colours. We’re hoping that the finished project will contain around 2,000 plants grown by the public so it’s a great opportunity for schools and care homes to get involved or local groups such as Brownies or Scouts to get their hands dirty, learn about gardening and see their plants on the Skegness promenade.

“Not only will the installation look great, but it will be something the community can feel part of, and proud of.”

SO Festival 2016 is a nine day explosive arts festival, with exciting acts due to wow audiences. The spectacular event will take place from Saturday 25 June to Sunday 3 July, visiting Mablethorpe, Horncastle, Alford, Louth, Spilsby and Woodhall Spa for one day each, finishing in Skegness for a finale weekend.

For more information about the planting project and to register your interest email or call 01507 613503.

For more information on SO Festival visit or follow @SOFestival on Twitter, or search SO Festival on Facebook.

Aimed at a family audience, the festival remains as one of the most exciting and innovative outdoor art festivals in the UK. Entry and all events at SO Festival are free with the line-up and festival programme to be released soon.

SO Festival was awarded National Portfolio Funding from Arts Council England in 2014 with the aim to promote and present the best festival arts and entertainment to new audiences and creating new opportunities and experiences.

SO Festival is delivered by Magna Vitae Trust for Leisure and Culture in partnership with East Lindsey District Council and Arts Council England.

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