The Cirencester Hare Festival was launched at the end of March and is proving hugely popular. There are now over 25 large hares out in Cirencester and the surroundings, with more joining them every week. The event is helping raise awareness of local wildlife and the sculptures will be auctioned in October to raise money for the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust who aim to build a wild walkway around the river Churn.
A Trail map of venues displaying hares is available locally or downloadable from the Cirencester Hare Festival website. At the end of May there will be an additional 'Hare and Seek' display of smaller life size decorated hares in shops and businesses around the town.
There is a feature about the project and some of the hare designs in this month's Cirencester Life magazine which includes two by Swillustrator Jane Veveris Callan. One of her hares 'Harebelle' is in the spotlight on the front cover of the magazine