Ferry Lane Project

Ferry Lane, at the Snaith side of Carlton Bridge, leads to the remains of the old stone bridge over the river Aire.  In recent years the lane has been used to reach the public footpath along the riverbank, as well as providing access to a few houses.

Responses to the Snaith and Cowick Together questionnaire (which led to the town plan) included suggestions to develop the riverbank as a picnic site.   Unfortunately the Environment Agency was against any development of the riverbank, so the grassed area to the side of Ferry Lane was considered as a reasonable alternative.  Permission was subsequently sought and granted for this development. 

The Town Council funded picnic tables and these were sited free of charge by Murphy Construction of Sheffield.

The East Riding of Yorkshire Council then provided about three hundred wild flower plants that were planted by some of Snaith Primary School’s pupils. Unfortunately flood prevention work interfered with the growing area so it was decided to put that part of the project on hold until all flood defence work has been completed. More recently however Snaith and Cowick Together have planted daffodil bulbs, and the East Riding of Yorkshire Council have planted some trees, which have added to the attraction of the area.

The idea of a sculpture produced by the children of the local primary school was always part of the long-term plan. The problem was how to proceed and fund the project. Paul Varney from Ground Works became involved and was crucial in sourcing the funding from Eggborough Power Station and Goole Lottery Fund.

 Three artists were contacted and interviewed by SCT and the staff of Snaith Primary School, and Steve Tomlinson was selected.  His ideas were the ones that seemed most appropriate for the site and involvement of the children.

 Steve is a public artist with many years experience of helping communities to express themselves and their aspirations, as well as giving them a sense of ownership for the work he creates in their name.

 He visited the school and put forward his ideas. The children were very excited and enthusiastic and chose the theme “Life Cycle of a Butterfly".  Steve then spent time in school working with each class who had a great time expressing their ideas in a variety of media.  All age groups were able to have the valuable experience of working with a commissioned artist.  Steve did an excellent job supported by Mrs Rowley (Head teacher) and her enthusiastic staff. 


The children then worked at home on the project over a weekend. With superb support from their families, work of a very high standard was produced and it made an interesting and eye catching display in school.


Steve took photographs of all the children’s work and returned to school with designs for three sculptures. The children voted for their favourite design: a large twisting leaf as a background for the four stages of the life cycle of a butterfly.  The sculpture was to be about six feet tall and constructed in metal. There was also to be an interpretation board explaining the four stages of butterfly life, with the children’s artwork included and a summary of the project.

The sculpture was made and sited in the summer term.


A representative selection of children from the school (School Council) came down to see the finished sculpture. They were very impressed!


We hope the sculpture will give pleasure and information both to members of the community and visitors to Snaith.

Snaith and Cowick Together thank the following people and organisations, without whom this project would not have been possible:

 Paul Varney, Groundworks

 Steve Tomlinson, Community Artist

 Murphy’s Construction of Sheffield

 Eggborough Power Station

 Snaith and Cowick Town Council

 East Riding of Yorkshire Council

 Goole Lottery Fund

 Pinderfields Charity

 John Barrett’s Mayor’s Charity

 The children, their families, and the staff of Snaith Primary School

 Snaith and Cowick Together Community and Leisure Committee