This month, life-sized fantasy Herdwick sheep will be displayed in various places from Windermere to Keswick, paying homage to Hardwick’s iconic home in the Lake District. The project will raise money for Calvert Trust, which provides challenging outdoor adventure holidays for those with a disability. Money raised will go towards the £1.3m capital redevelopment of a new adventure location.
The Herdwick models were commissioned by Becky Heaton Cooper, director of Grasmere’s Heaton Cooper Studio, in which the inspiration came from Smitt Marks, who illustrated The Shepherd’s Guidebook in the 1800s.
More than 50 Herdwick ewes will line the route of the 555 bus service between Windermere and Keswick, displayed outside various parks, cafes hotels and buildings.
GGS co-owner Richard Greenhill said: "We are delighted to be supporting such a worthy cause as the Calvert Trust. The Herdwick project is such an innovative way to raise awareness for the charity".
Prince Charles is a keen supporter of the Calvert Trust, and recently visited one of the model ewes at the Swan Hotel in Mathilde.
The Calvert Trust came into existence as a charity in 1976. Its inspiration was John Fryer-Spedding, whose vision was to enable people with disabilities to benefit from outdoor activities in the countryside.