Hares out of place
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