Loveliest subject for a kids’ story?

Mandy Burton with her illustrations for The Loveliest Loo
Mandy Burton with her illustrations for The Loveliest Loo
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A Winslow-based artist and landscape gardenter has been commissioned to create an unusual children’s book.

Mandy Burton, who lives at Redfield, is writing The Loveliest Loo, a funny, rhyming children’s story about visiting a compost toilet.

The idea is to combine storytelling with an enviromental message for children aged from five to nine.

Ms Burton is currently working on the illustrations, using simple black and white pencil drawings and collage.

When the book is finished, she hopes to persuade the Eden Project to build the loo.

The book has been commissioned by the Low-Impact Living Initiative (LILI).

A compost toilet is a dry or waterless toilet that allows natural processes to produce useful compost.

The environmental benefits are that the solid waste is dealt with on site and doesn’t have to be treated with chemicals in sewage farms, or end up in waterways, and you don’t use valuable water to flush the waste away.

Ms Burton, aged 49, who grew up in Preston Bissett and Winslow, will be exhibiting the illustrations at Redfield Gallery as part of Bucks Open Studios.

She will also be reading from the book at 2pm on Saturdays, June 8 and 15.She hopes next year to do readings in schools to promote the idea.

Other local artists will also be exhibiting their work at Redfield Gallery, on dates between Saturday, June 8, and Saturday, June 22. See www.bucksopenstudios.org.uk/exhibitor_details.asp?ID=1932 for dates.