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What Makes Bristol Great: Bugged out Bedminster

Written by Megan Liversey, Photography by Mike White.

From today (16th of March) Bedminster’s streets will be full of creepy crawlies, but worry not, these Beautiful Bugs of Bedminster are part of an art trail organised by Bristol Pound members UpFest.

A giant butterfly and an army of caterpillars will be amongst the 90 over sized, colourful, exciting bugs on display in and around the local shopping area. The bugs have been painted and brought to life by local artists and local school children.

The Beautiful Bugs of Bedminster are part Mary Portas Pilot to reinvigorate local shopping areas. ‘Portas Pilots’ was set up by the government to encourage local partnerships and consortiums to come up with innovative ideas about how to transform their local high street into a social place, bustling with people, services and jobs. Bedminster was selected from 371 applications nationwide to be one of the first 12 Portas Pilot Towns and awarded £100,000.

Steve Hayles, curator of the bugs says “The bugs are a fun way to revitalise the area and represent the diversity of the people of Bedminster”.

Mary Portas is fan of the Bristol Pound, she described it as “a clever and fun way to get people shopping locally” and with many Independent shops around Southville and Bedminster now accepting the Bristol Pound (click here for more details) the bugs are another great initiative to make the local shopping experience as fun as possible. Support your local independents, explore the local area and look out for them bugs!

(George Ferguson & Mary Portas with some £B’s on North Street)

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