The Cotswold Hare Trail in Pershore

For the very first time ever, the Cirencester Hare Trail has now become the Cotswold Hare Trail - and it's come to Pershore in our beautiful sculpture garden at Persora.

From March through to September 2017, large five foot decorated hare sculptures have started to appear around the Cotswolds. The trail, which opened on Saturday 25th March, now has over 60 hares that can be viewed in over 20 villages and towns around the Cotswolds. 

About our Cotswold Hare

Much thought went into our hare by both ourselves and our artist Araminta Fogden - it is in fact inspired by the rich culture and heritage of Bredon Hill. 

Bredon Hill is a haven for walkers and cyclists alike. The varied landscape of Bredon Hill provides features and sites of interest  for everyone to enjoy. The Hill is the largest outlying hill of the Cotswold’s and is wholly located in the county Worcestershire, it rises to 981 feet with a folly at the top taking the total height to 1000 ft. It is one of the 176 classified Marilyns of England. Situated within sight of Pershore, Evesham and Tewkesbury it dominates the skyline from all approaches. 

The theme of this years Cotswold Hare Trail is culture and heritage, so we thought we'd provide a little bit of information about the history if Bredon Hill. At the summit of the hill, there are the remains of earthworks from an Iron Age hill fort known as Kemerton Camp, which is believed to have been abandoned in the 1st century A.D. after a considerable battle. There are also Roman earthworks and a number of ancient standing stones on the hill. One large stone at the summit is called the Banbury Stone, deriving from 'Baenintesburg', a name for the fort in the 8th century. It is known colloquially as the 'Elephant Stone' because of its resemblance to that animal. Another pair of stones below the summit are known as the King and Queen Stones.

Local legend tells that if you pass between them you will be cured of illness. At Elmley Castle, on the north side of the hill, there are the remains of a considerable medieval castle, once the chief stronghold of the powerful Beauchamp family, who became Earls of Warwick. The castle fell into disrepair during the 16th century, and stone from it was used in the construction of the bridge at Pershore. A fair and summer games were held every Whitsun at the summit of Bredon Hill until c.1876. On 17 October 2011 Worcestershire County Council announced that Worcestershire's largest-ever hoard of Roman artefacts, including around 4,000 coins, featuring 16 different emperors, had been uncovered.[1]

About our Artist

We first met Araminta Fogden in January of this year and we fell in love with her vibrant art work which is inspired by her love of the countryside. Araminta has been painting since she was a little girl and as a young adult, she went on to attend Hereford College of Art and Design where she completed her degree.

We knew as soon as we saw the moongazing hares that are part of this years Cotswold Hare Trail, that Araminta was the artist we wanted to work with to help bring ours to life. The information above provides a little bit of information about the intricate detailing that has gone into our large five foot hare which is on display at our store in Pershore, Worcestershire.