Cotswolds AONB Hare Trail set to launch this May

Set to return for its fifth year, the Cotswold Hare Trail launches in May 2018 with new partner Cotswolds AONB, branching out further than ever before.

The Cotswold Hare Trail will be springing up across the county and beyond!
The Cotswold Hare Trail will be springing up across the county and beyond!

The Cotswold Hare Trail is set to make its anticipated return this spring, with the fifth annual trail marking an exciting new partnership with Cotswolds AONB.

The Cotswolds’ premier public art trail will run from Tuesday 22 May to Sunday 9 September 2018 and is set to branch out further than ever before; giving thousands more the opportunity to enjoy the hares, the trail will extend from Stratford-upon-Avon and Bath, through to the Forest of Dean and almost to Oxford.

As well as featuring delightful five-foot furry friends, the trail will also support Cotswold conservation thanks to its new partnership. Organisers have teamed up with The Cotswolds Conservation Board to help conserve and enhance the special qualities of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

The ever-popular trail welcomes everyone from art aficionados and nature lovers to social media snappers to explore new attractions, beauty spots, quaint Cotswold destinations and market towns along the trail.

Following the trail, the delightful sculptures will be brought together for a Farewell to the Hares event, before being auctioned off to raise money for the Cotswolds AONB.

Speaking of the 2018 trail, festival founder and director, Florence Beetlestone, said: ‘We are thrilled to be working with the Cotswolds AONB on the Cotswold Hare Trail 2018. This year our 104 hares and leverets raised over £60,000 at auction, and we know next year’s trail will be even bigger, and we hope to raise even more money to fund two key Cotswolds AONB conservation initiatives.’

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