Two groups will be awarded £1,000 to spend on their community after they were successful in Light Night’s first recycled art competition.

Community groups and organisations across the city were given the challenge of making something beautiful and bright out of recycled rubbish for Light Night.

Two groups were joint winners – The Scrap Heap Band by St Andrew’s Church with Castle Gate Junior Church and ICEcycle by Playworks.

The Scrap Heap Band was an inter-active musical experience using a wide range of recycled materials collected by the children of the junior church. The group created a range of instruments for people to play as they passed by.

ICEcycle was a multi sensory sculpture which used materials from the Playworks scrap store to provide a fun and interactive environment. The ICEcycle had a full participatory zone where the public were invited to contribute to the structure by weaving or attaching materials to complete the sculpture over the course of the evening.

Cllr Nicola Heaton, Portfolio Holder for Community Services at Nottingham City Council, said: “The competition proved really popular with the public and was a great addition to a fantastic night out.

“Eight groups got involved and it was great to see so much enthusiasm for reusing and recycling. The entries were really inspirational and I hope they gave members of the public ideas about how they can reuse and recycle more household items. Our thanks go to all those involved for giving their time and energy to creating something positive.”

Jill Gaunt from St Andrew’s with Castle Gate Junior Church said: “The children from St. Andrew’s with Castle Gate Junior Church have really enjoyed taking part in the competition. They learned some new skills using tools to make their Scrap Heap Band and despite the cold they were very keen to play it on the street for Light Night.”

Visitors to Light Night can still share their feelings and comment about the event by visiting