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Last week, Steve from our team spent the week at Wicksteed Park in Northamptonshire, speaking to people about what they would to see going on in the park.

We set up a colourful stall including yellow tablecloths, lots of images, blackboards and jars of chocolate eggs.  It was completed with our lovely new striped sun shade.

Find out more about the work we’re doing for the Wicksteed Park Heritage Lottery Fund Activity Plan.

Our office is undergoing a bit of a Spring clean and tidy up, and in doing so we have been looking through some of the tools we’ve created for previous work. 

We came across the giant jigsaw puzzle we created for the Great Wyre Jigsaw Project – we love it so much we’ve pinned it to our office wall!  The jigsaw is made from cork and was designed to be taken out onto a stall as a tool to engage with people.

Members of the public could write their likes and dislikes on flags then stick them into it.

The Great Wyre Jigsaw Project was a consultation process that we designed and delivered for Wyre Borough Council.  Our team gathered the views of 2,336 people, finding out what residents felt about living in Wyre and their ideas for improving the quality of life in the area. 

It was one of the largest community consultations ever carried out in Wyre and the results were written up into six accessible reports designed by our colleagues at Countryscape.

If you’d like to find out more about our consultation or engagement work, or have a project you’d like to discuss, please email us at hello@pathwaysconsultancy.co.uk.

We are doing a lovely piece of consultation and market research on the Irwell Sculpture Trail

Soon to be relaunched, the Sculpture Trail runs from Salford Quays up to Bacup – approximately 30 miles along the River Irwell dotted with sculptures.

For our first day we were set up outside Salford Museum and Art Gallery on an incredibly hot day.  Our stall, which has been lovingly designed for this piece of consultation, features bunting, pots of spring flowers, and a map of the trail.

We also set up an Easter kids activity on some picnic blankets – making Easter nests from hay and filled with chocolate eggs and a yellow chick. 

Over the next couple of weeks we will be out at various locations along the Sculpture Trail to speak to people about the sculptures and find out how people find out about places – especially whether people like the idea of new technologies such as downloadable audio tours and QR codes.

Whilst we update our website we will be sharing what we’re up to here – our shiny new blog.  We’ve got some exciting new pieces of work coming up during the summer and some lovely pieces of recent work to share. 

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