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Newts find a new home with city’s Looked After Children

Model newts originally designed for York’s Vangarde Shopping Park have found a new home in the city.

Newts have been donated to Hamilton House – City of York Council’s centre for Looked After Children – by their designer, local artist Dan Savage. The newts will form a trail around the building, which provides a place for young people to meet their parents and relatives in a supervised way.

The donated newts were left over from Dan’s artwork `The Great Newt Route`, a homage to the discovery of 300 Great Crested Newts at the Monks Cross Vangarde site during the building of the new shopping park, which is now on display there.

Artist Dan Savage said: “The hardworking team at Hamilton House provide such an important service to vulnerable children across the city and I am delighted to be able to contribute in a small way towards creating a unique and friendly environment in which to continue their invaluable work.”

Helen Healey, from Hamilton House, said: “Our aim is to make Hamilton House an inviting, friendly and safe place for Looked After Children to meet with their birth families and relatives. The newts add a unique sense of fun to the garden and are already proving very popular with the young people who use the centre.”