A public vote opened on 19 July on the Oxford City Council website (https://consultation.oxford.gov.uk/consult.ti/swifttower) to choose the winner of the Swift Tower competition.
The competition was launched on 6 May to find a design for a new Swift Tower to be built in Oxford. A Swift Tower is a free-standing structure, with lots of boxes for swifts to build their nests in. As traditional nesting sites in buildings are being lost, it is important to replace them and help stop the decline of swifts. The competition is part of the Oxford Swift City project, an exciting two-year project which hopes to improve the outlook for swifts in Oxford.
A panel of judges has selected a shortlist from the entries received, and now it's time to have your say about which design you think is the best. Just visit https://www.oxford.gov.uk/ to cast your vote for the design you would like to see built in the proposed location of the Oxford University Parks!
Lucy Hyde, Oxford Swift City Project Officer, said: "Our judging panel had a very difficult time choosing between all the wonderful designs we received, but they've managed to pull together an incredible shortlist, which goes live on the Oxford City Council website today. I want to thank everybody who took part, and I hope lots of people will take this opportunity to help shape Oxford's skyline, and help us find a perfect new home for swifts!"
Mai Jarvis, Environmental Quality Team Manager at Oxford City Council, said: "We are really excited to support the public vote for Oxford's first ever purpose built swift tower. We want everyone's help in deciding how Oxford's new home for swift should look, to help secure the future of these wonderful birds."
All of the organisations involved in this project would like to thank HLF for their very generous support. Without it, this project would not be able to happen.