World Record Attempt


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World record


Well, here’s a first for Winchester Today – helping out in a world record attempt!

We knew our leftover newspapers would come in handy one day… we just didn’t know how and when!

Hampshire-based adventurer and conservationist, Holly Budge, is pictured here making preliminary work ahead of attempting to gain her third World Record to raise global awareness of the devastating impact of the elephant ivory trade and of her award-winning campaign, ‘How Many Elephants’.

The feat at the Alresford Show is to build a life-size paper mache African bull elephant standing tall at 3.96m (the previous world record for the largest paper mache structure is 3.82m).

You can get some idea of the size from the picture below…

World record

The model is a collaboration with Paul Baker, who is based locally in Tichborne Down.

The elephant has to be made only in paper mache to conform with the official record rules.

The result will not only make a powerful and impactful piece of art but will be the biggest paper mache structure on record. And most of that paper is from us!

Holly came round to Winchester Today Towers to pick up all our leftovers: ““I’m delighted to be using Winchester Today to make my Guinness World Record paper mache elephant.

“At the time of writing, so far I have used 2000 copies of WT! It’s been a great way to catch up on the local news!

“This is an ambitious project to raise awareness of the plight of African elephants, using art & design as a powerful tool to bridge the gap between scientific data and human connection. Huge thanks for your ongoing support”

Louise Caldwell is a Year 2 teacher at St Swithun’s School: “Holly is committed to building a fantastic network of engaged young people in our district, inspiring the next generation of conservationists.


“The children in our school were excited to have Holly come to the school, as it’s not every day a real life adventurer who has summited Everest, raced across Mongolia on horseback and skydived off a mountain comes to visit!

“Holly’s voluntary workshops have also empowered our children, teachers and parents to live with purpose, to embrace challenges and to realise we are never too small to make a difference.”