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A flock of decorated sheep are set to invade the Lakes

A flock of decorated model sheep are set to invade the Lake District
A flock of decorated model sheep are set to invade the Lake District in a bid to raise money for the Calvert Trust. Each sculpture is sponsored by a local business and decorated by an artist.

Herdwicks are Cumbria’s native sheep and are ideally suited to life on the inhospitable high fells and mountains, grazing at up to 900m (3,000ft). They’re also credited with shaping the Lake District landscape that we see today.

Herdwicks are renowned for their hefting instinct, the ability – passed from a ewe to her lambs – to recognise an area as its home and return there, even after it’s been brought down from the fells for lambing or clipping and has to walk several miles back to its own area or heft.
The breed is found almost exclusively in the Lake District National Park and is concentrated in its western and central areas, including Borrowdale, Buttermere, Ennerdale, Wasdale, Eskdale, the Duddon Valley, Coniston, the Langdales and the Helvellyn area around Ullswater and Thirlmere.

The Go Herdwick project will see up to 60 life-sized ewes, made from glass-reinforced plastic, form an art trail between Keswick and Windermere. As part of the Lake District Calvert Trust’s 40th anniversary, it is hoped the art will raise funds for a new facility at their Old Windebrowe site.

The sheep will pop-up in unexpected places on buildings, in shops and on boats along the 555 bus route across Rydal, Grasmere, Ambleside, Keswick and Windermere from Easter 2016.

The Calvert Trust will round up and auction the Herdwick ewes to raise much need funds for the charity. The charity, which provides outdoor holidays for people with disabilities, will use the money to develop the Grade II listed building at Old Windebrowe into a rehabilitation centre for people recovering from strokes and for those with brain injuries.

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The decorated Herdwick Sheep

The decorated Herdwick Sheep

Where to buy the maps in Ambleside:
Hayes Garden World;
Old Courthouse Gallery;
Smallwood House Hotel;
The Hub TIC

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