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Moss animals find new lease of life at children’s hospice

IVC Evidensia’s Moss Animal sculptures from the London Vet Show have found a new home at the Children’s Hospice South West

The incredible moss animals sculptures were certainly an eye-catching feature of the London Vet Show that took place in November 2021, ensuring that the IVC Evidensia stands did not go unnoticed. But what happened to the horse, dog and cat after the event?

Originally created by Agrumi Topiary based in Lymington as a bespoke addition to the IVC Evidensia stand at LVS, the moss animals would have traditionally been scrapped after the event had taken place by some event organisers. However, the team had the bright idea of donating them to a local charity and were determined to cut down on waste and give them a second lease of life.

That meant the moss animals found a wonderful new home at Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW), where they have been displayed ever since to complement the beautiful gardens and additional facilities. These living sculptures fit perfectly with the surroundings and make a wonderful spectacle for the children and families alike who visit the gardens, especially now that the weather is getting brighter and they can be enjoyed in the warmer sunshine.

Amanda Gallagher, who works as a corporate partnerships fundraiser at CHSW had this to say: “The moss animals are such a great addition to our gardens at Charlton Farm, we are surrounded by beautiful grounds and these are a real talking point for the families that stay with us for respite care. Thank you so much for thinking of us!”

The fact that the moss animals were put to good use not only benefitted CHSW but also contributed to IVC Evidensia’s Positive Pawprint initiative, ensuring that they could keep sustainability in mind throughout the events calendar. Ultimately, it meant less waste at the end of LVS and a happy hospice who would use the sculptures for the long term.

Sarah Heath, IVC Evidensia, Director of Sustainability and ESG added: “As part of our Positive Pawprint strategy, we are improving standards of sustainability. The events team work really hard to ensure we are as sustainable as possible at these large events, from reusing elements of our stands to using eco-friendly or compostable materials in our giveaways, all for the purpose of reducing our carbon footprint.

“We are delighted these moss animal sculptures were able to find a new home instead of being discarded.” 

If you would like to find out more about IVC Evidensia’s Positive Pawprint strategy, you can read more online.

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