How are changing weather patterns affecting art and landscape at Yorkshire Sculpture Park?

  • Weather presenter Kerrie Gosney visits Yorkshire Sculpture Park to find out how they are adapting to the region's changing weather patterns

Spanning the border of West and South Yorkshire, the Yorkshire Sculpture Park is a haven for art and nature alike.

The 500 acre Open Art Gallery is the largest of its kind in Europe, with around 100 works on display. The landscape itself is as much a feature as the artwork within it.

But, with the changing weather patterns across the region, this unique green space is changing too - and the staff at West Bretton have had to adapt their practices in order to preserve the beauty for generations to come.

Dr Helen Pheby, Associate Director, says it means changing the way they maintain the grounds.

"The rainfall on this site has increased four times over the last ten years. So we get the same number of days of rain, but the rainfall is a lot heavier and that affects the ground conditions. It also affects how we install sculptures.

"We have to really think about how the sculptures are going to withstand extreme weather conditions."

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They're also thinking long term about protecting the wildlife who call the park home.

The objective is to enhance the variety and the quality of habitats across the estate to maximise any ecological benefits they provide..

And as the park continues to thrive, staff hope adjustments to the changing climates will mean it will remain an oasis of arts and serenity for future generations.

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