A STRIKING artwork unveiled at Fountains Abbey aims to highlight the growing threat that climate change poses to properties in the UK.

The Climate Coalition (TCC) and The National Trust teamed up with artist, Richard Woods, to create the new installation at the popular attraction near Ripon.

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The piece – Forever Home – depicts an upturned house in the River Skell in the grounds of Fountains Abbey, one of 31 UNESCO World Heritage Sites already seeing the impact of climate change.

Critically acclaimed artist, Richard Woods has created this piece in aid of Great Big Green Week - a UK-wide campaign for climate action.

He said: “I’ve always incorporated sustainability into my work, whether it’s the wood I’m using or the inspiration for the piece, it’s at the centre of everything my team and I create.

"This piece sits in such a beautiful landscape at Fountains Abbey, I hope it makes people stop and think about what will happen to these places if we don’t take immediate action to slow down the impact of climate change.”

Patrick Begg, a director at the National Trust, said: “The big flood events we’ve witnessed over the past few years in Cumbria, Yorkshire and the Southeast, underline the growing risk from climate change to the places we love the most – from the homes we live in, to the heritage we treasure.

"We’re seeing a stark increase in the amount of our own properties at risk of flooding.

“We’re now working with communities to prepare for these impacts – with measures including slowing the flow of water in flood-prone river valleys and preparing our places, collections, staff and volunteers for the increased heat and humidity.

"However, greater investment and urgency is needed from the Government, so we support The Climate Coalition’s call for a once-in-a-generation commitment to climate action in the Autumn Spending Review ahead of COP26.”

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