A CONTROVERSIAL statue has been moved to a quieter location, six months after it was taken down from outside a university building.

The Greta Thunberg statue, titled Make a Difference, has been relocated to a secluded spot within the University of Winchester’s courtyard garden by the library at West Downs Centre.

The statue, which was the target of anti-social behaviour, was originally in front of the centre in Romsey Road but was removed in July for the university to “provide a more stable plinth” for it.

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Hampshire Chronicle: The statue being removedThe statue being removed (Image: Newsquest)

The £23,760 statue of the Swedish climate activist was slammed by students and members of the public when it was first unveiled in 2021, with the university, under the leadership of previous vice-chancellor Joy Carter, being accused of “greenwashing”.

A University of Winchester spokesperson said: “As previously reported the statue was removed for repair and has been placed in the West Downs courtyard garden as planned, where it can still be seen and enjoyed by the public along with the other works of art found on campus.”