Railway mural for Yeovil Country Park

An exciting new piece of artwork is to be created in front of your eyes at South Somerset District Council's Yeovil Country Park this month.

As part of the V3 Involve Visit Volunteer, Heritage Lottery Funded Project, a mural is to be painted on a concrete covered stretch of wall alongside the current cycleway which follows the route of the former railway line, adjacent to the site of the old Hendford Halt Station (where B&M now stands).

The mural will encompass elements of the built heritage of the old railway line, the present recreational and human use of the route and the fabulous wildlife of Yeovil Country Park.  It will be painted over the course of several days during late July and visitors are welcome to come and watch the development of the mural.

The mural is being painted by Bristol based designer and artist, Jody Thomas. Jody began painting in 1988 at the now infamous Barton Hill Youth Club in Bristol. He developed a strong black and white figurative style alongside other Bristol artists Inkie, Cheo and Banksy. After a long 18 year break, Jody was interviewed for the book 'Children of the Can - 25 Years of Bristol Graffiti' in 2008 by Felix Braun and was brought out of his retirement after a misheard answer was printed in the book that he was 'making a comeback'.

Councillor Sylvia Seal, Portfolio Holder for Leisure & Culture at South Somerset District Council said, "We are very privileged to be working with Jody to create a new piece of art for Yeovil Country Park. Siting the artwork alongside the old Hendford line will be a fitting tribute to this important historical part of the Country Park."

Becky Russell, Community Ranger added, "We are very much looking forward to seeing the development and completion of the mural.  It's an exciting way to bring to life the history of the railway line and the local aerospace industry whilst incorporating some of the amazing wildlife we currently have living in Yeovil Country Park.  People are very welcome to watch Jody painting or keep an eye on our Yeovil Country Park Facebook page for regular updates."

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Above: A train running along the old Hendford line which ran straight through Yeovil Country Park. The former railway line can be identified through the Country Park by the current cycleway.