Hares out of place

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ROM Chip­ping Sod­bury (Glouces­ter­shire) to Chip­ping Nor­ton (Ox­ford­shire) and be­yond, all cor­ners of the Cotswolds are cur­rently pop­u­lated with brightly coloured 5ft-tall hares. The in­au­gu­ral Cotswold Hare Trail en­cour­ages res­i­dents and vis­i­tors to go off the beaten track, through towns, woods and fields, to find the sculp­tures.

The not-for-profit event has each hare spon­sored by a lo­cal busi­ness, in­di­vid­ual or com­mu­nity group and hand-painted by lo­cal artists; this

Fyear, the brief is the cul­ture, history and her­itage of the Cotswolds and some 80 hares are in situ. Two stu­dents from Glouces­ter­shire Col­lege, for ex­am­ple, have painted theirs in the style of Wil­liam Mor­ris, who lived in the Cotswolds for most of his life, and named it ‘The Straw­berry Thief’. Spoiler: this par­tic­u­lar hare can be found in the re­cep­tion of the col­lege’s Chel­tenham cam­pus.

The hares will re­main in place un­til Septem­ber and will be sold in Oc­to­ber to raise money for lo­cal projects and dis­abil­ity char­ity Na­tional Star. Visit www.cirences­ter­march­hare fes­ti­val.org.uk

80 brightly coloured hares are be­ing used to tempt vis­i­tors to the Cotswolds to leave the ‘beaten track’—they will be sold for char­ity in Oc­to­ber

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