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Catch ‘The Strawberry Thief’ on the Cotswold Hare Trail

Looking for a challenge this summer? Why not take up hare spotting on the Cotswold Hare Trail!

Launching on 25th March, this year’s trail features almost 50 hares, all hand-painted by local artists to the theme of ‘Cotswold Heritage.’ Each hare is sponsored by a local business and will be sold at auction in October, with the proceeds going to the National Star charity.

The 5ft hares are placed in locations around the county, but you don’t need to go very far to see our very own GC hare, which is positioned in reception at the GC Cheltenham Campus.

‘The Strawberry Thief’ was hand-painted by art foundation studies students, Lauren Dutson and Ciara Hinchey, and is inspired by the work of designer William Morris. Famous for his floral textile and wallpaper prints, Morris spent a large part of his life in the Cotswold retreat, Kelmscott Manor.

The hare was given to the students as a completely blank canvas by its business sponsor, Stagecoach. From which the two students used their artistic talent to bring their design to life.

GC Employment Coach, Lauren Brumby led the student development project. She said:

“Both Lauren and Ciara worked really hard on the hare, putting in time between their lessons to get it finished before the deadline. They’ve done an amazing job and we couldn’t have hoped for a better outcome."

The Hare Trail will run until September and is spread across 20 villages, towns and cities. Visit to see a detailed map of their locations.

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