Tuesday 29th September 2015

Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust (GWT) is delighted to welcome HRH The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO to unveil the new Cirencester Hare Festival Way on Friday, 2nd October 2015.

The new Hare Festival Way has been designed by GWT, supported by the Cirencester Community Development Trust and in partnership with Cirencester Town Council, and follows the River Churn through Cirencester, giving visitors and local residents better access to the wonderful green spaces of the town, including wild flower meadows.

HRH The Duke of Gloucester will be unveiling the first two hare sculptures and also the first interpretation boards along the route. There will be a total of six boards and seven hares along the route when completed, as well as a whole new accessible nature reserve and improved habitats throughout.

“We are very proud to have such high-profile recognition for the Cirencester Hare Festival Way,” said Will Masefield of Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust. “We’re working to ensure that access to nature is an everyday experience for people in Cirencester and to benefit local wildlife such as kingfishers, otters and water voles.”

The Hare Festival Way was funded by the public auction of the 5ft hare sculptures in 2014. The hare sculptures were designed and painted by local celebrities including Laurence Llewellyn-Bowen, Emma Samms and GWT’s President Ellie Harrison.

"This is an absolutely fantastic outcome to all the hard work put in by the community to run the Cirencester March Hare Festival over the last two years, raising the money for the Hare Festival Way”, said Florence Beetlestone. “The Way will provide a lasting legacy for Cirencester and these new hare sculptures will be a beautiful addition to the town."


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