Just over a year ago a St Albans resident put up a rainbow in her window, but little did she think that it would evolve to a group with over 2,500 residents up, a range of creative challenges completed and over £3,000 donated to charity.
The St Albans Rainbow Trail project which has captivated the whole of St Albans throughout the pandemic was started by Preet Cox who wanted to launch something to bring the community together.
She said: “I saw something online and thought how lovely it would be for our community to put up rainbows.
“By the first week it had grown to 1,000 people. I didn’t want to keep it as just rainbows and it has very slowly evolved from there.”
Preet added that the project has brought out the creative side of St Albans, a side which she wants to explore further in the future.
She said: “It’s just nice to have something creative for all of us to join in with, the creative side of St Albans is something that is slowly growing and something I’ve really enjoyed getting involved with.
“I would like to try to elevate and showcase the talent that we have within the district, it’s something I have at the back of mind and something I’m brainstorming at the moment.
“I definitely want to expand and drive forward, the creative talent in this group is so diverse.”
The project is not just about artwork however, as Preet commented that the trail has celebrated diversity and brought the different cultures in St Albans together.
She said: “The Black History Month creative competition, was the first of its kind in St Albans and when we did the Diwali trail, I was getting comments from people who had lived in the area for years saying they had never seen Diwali celebrated in that way.
“The trails have shown the impact this has on the community and the different cultures within the community.”
After the overwhelming the success of the trail since its inception, Preet was keen to stress that the different trails will be continuing for the time being.
She said: “The trails will continue as we are coming out of lockdown, there is still lots of engagement on the group and lots of volunteers who want to get involved.”
The next trail competition will centre around Earth Day on April 22 after the success of same event last year.
Preet said: “Lots of environment groups and charities got involved and cross shared lots of educational pots on how to make the earth more sustainable and how we can live better to protect it.”
To join the St Albans Rainbow Trail group head to facebook.com/groups/810803489428718