Bristol Pound redesigns unveiled

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image captionThis design from Stewy features Bristol favourites like scientist Colin Pillinger and Isambard Kingdom Brunel

A wildlife map, Isambard Kingdom Brunel and an image of civil rights campaigner Paul Stephenson are among the new designs for the Bristol Pound.

The community currency was launched in September 2012 with the aim of making sure money earned in the city is also spent with local businesses.

More than 750 Bristol firms have traded in them and there are currently more than 350,000 £B's in circulation.

But, Bank of England rules meant the notes had to be reissued this year.

image captionSix-year-old Kara Backes' design will feature on the £20 note
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image captionKellie Hopley's note will feature Bristol's passion for cycling

The new notes will be issued in June.

Mike Lloyd Jones, from the Bristol Pound, said they were "looking for something a bit different".

"We got lots and lots of bridges and harbours and Brunels and I think we wanted something that was a little bit leftfield.

"I think it captures the richness and diversity of Bristol."

One of the eight new designs was from six-year-old Waycroft Academy student Kara Backes and will feature on the £20 note.

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image captionThis colourful nature map of Bristol was designed by Susan Taylor
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image captionLuke Carter focused on race equality campaigner Paul Stephenson
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image captionOrca Design went for a take on Bristol's association with a certain Wallace
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image captionSuffragette Annie Kenney and Bristol "under attack" feature in Juraj Prodaj and Yoshino Shigihara's designs

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