Giant sculptures unveiled to encourage shoppers to keep Nottingham the 'Cleanest City in Britain'

Giant topiary-like sculptures have been unveiled in Nottingham's Old Market Square to celebrate the city's official status as the Cleanest City in Britain and encourage shoppers to help keep it that way.

The sculptures depict a grandmother and grandson sweeping Credit: Pukaar news

The sculptures, made by Nottinghamshire company Shipshape Arts, have been commissioned by Nottingham City Council and the Nottingham Business Improvement District (BID).

They depict a grandmother and grandson sweeping and encourage people to consider: "If every man would sweep his own doorstep and look after his local green space, the city would be even cleaner and greener."

They are made of timber and metal, dressed with wire mesh and artificial topiary matting, and will be lit at night. They will stay in situ for about three months.

Neil Fincham, Director of the Nottingham BID, said:

The Floral Trail that we organise in conjunction with the council has been a popular feature of the city's summer landscape for the last four years, helping to make the city centre more attractive, and this will appear on the city's streets again this year with the addition of two new wicker sculptures.

However, we wanted to do something different this year too and I am sure that the sweepers will prove to be a great attraction for local people and visitors.

– Neil Fincham, director, Nottingham BID