‘Jessie Leveret’ is one of 50 large statues being placed around the Cotswolds as part of the first Cirencester Hare Trail. Jessie was named – and painted by – ‘Sing & Sign’ groups in the Cotswolds.
Needing a little more space to house Jessie in while the Trail takes place, group leader Nic Horne approached us to see if we could accommodate the 5ft hare.
“Many of the families who come to Sing and Sign music classes have been enjoying the trail so I thought it might be nice for us to get involved,” Nic says. “The families contributed towards sponsoring our Jessie Leveret hare, who takes her first name from Jessie Cat, the mascot of our classes and who the babies love. Leveret is the name of a baby hare so we thought that would be very appropriate. The babies have each painted their handprints on the sculpture to represent their hands that they can communicate with through signing. We had a lot of fun painting the hare and hope that lots of people will enjoy visiting it on the Hare Trail.”
Farm Park Manager, Kate Lord said “Jessie’s a great temporary addition to the Park and it’s lovely for the families from Sing & Sign to be able to come out and see her while she’s based here. We’re hoping to give her a very nice home for the next couple of months.”
The Cirencester Hare Festival is taking place until September 14th. The sculpture trail is designed to provide fun for locals and attract tourists. The net profits from the project will be used to help raise the £50,000 needed by Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust to begin to develop the Green Hare Churn Walkway around the River Churn in Cirencester.