A lovely new arts trail raising money for a local charity will go on display from 25 March this year. 60 models of Herdwick ewes, each decorated by a local artist and sponsored by a local firm will be displayed around Keswick, Grasmere, Rydal, Ambleside and Windermere. The animals will be placed in public places and follow the route of the 555 bus service.
In September the flock will be rounded up for a gala auction in October.
We are particularly pleased to see that a favourite local artist of ours, Jo McGrath, has one to paint. She plans “… to use the sheep raddle powder we use on our Herdwicks at Yew Tree farm, to mix up an acrylic paint to use to draw /paint designs of herdwicks onto the main herdwick model. The designs will be applied in such a way that they will look like the sheep model is marked with traditional ‘smit’!” To have a look at more of Jo’s work, click on this link for her website. I posted another blog about her here.
Money raised will help fund redevelopment of Old Windebrowe, the Calvert Trust’s grade 2 listed farmhouse and tithe barn, which is thought to date back to the 1550s and was once used as a home by William Wordsworth. The Trust provides adventure holidays for people with disabilities and plans to use the centre to provide specialist accommodation. If you would like to know more about the Trust and its campaign, click here.