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Sheep in the Forest of Dean

PUBLISHED: 10:56 19 January 2010 | UPDATED: 08:56 21 February 2013

The stars of sheepscape will be bringing their ovine charm to various sites in the forest of Dean throughout the summer

The stars of sheepscape will be bringing their ovine charm to various sites in the forest of Dean throughout the summer

If you go down to the woods today ... you will find some very unusual sheep. This summer is the perfect time to track down the new roving ambassadors for the Forest's creative talents.

Flocks of free-roaming sheep have been a feature of the Forest of Dean since Norman times, but there is currently a rare breed about causing quite a stir!



The creatures in question feature in the Forest's SheepScape exhibition, which you can catch at various locations throughout the summer.



And if you thought all sheep looked alike, then it's time to think again, for each member of this flock of fibreglass ovine specimens is quite unique.



"They really are quite amazing," laughs Ed O'Driscoll, of Creative Partnerships. "There's Betty the Ballerina, complete with tutu and leg warmers, Simon the spring lamb, sporting a host of golden daffodils, and Beethoven the musical baa-rd!



"The flock is about 60-strong at the moment, but it keeps on growing."



It was a visit to Edinburgh where Ed saw an exhibition called Cow Parade which sparked the idea that became SheepScape. Ed explains: "There was an exhibition of life-size cows sponsored by various organisations, and it set me thinking about doing something similar in the Forest.



"Of course, sheep are synonymous with the Forest of Dean, so they seemed the obvious choice. I also wanted it to be a very creative activity, involving the community in fashioning 'roving ambassadors' for all the creativity that exists in this area."



Creative Partnerships worked with schools, young people and other creative partners to give each sheep a truly individual look; fibreglass models made by a Cheltenham firm have each been lovingly painted and remodelled into quirky and imaginative exhibits.



Ed adds: "We worked with lots of artists, and they were all given the freedom to be as creative as they chose - there were no restrictions or limitations.



"The result has been beyond our wildest dreams; the flock really is fantastic - and the sheep don't bite."



Some of the sheep are now making special guest appearances at various events in the Forest of Dean over the summer, including Dean Heritage Centre on August 25 and 26, Dean Forest Railway from August 30 to September 2, and Newent Onion Fayre on September 8.



Other members of the flock are permanently grazing at Taurus Crafts in Lydney over the summer, while others can be seen at the Perrygrove Railway in Coleford and Nature in Art, Twigworth, near Gloucester, when not at special events.



And a few, very well behaved specimens will be rubbing shoulders with the stars later this month, at the Leicester Square premier of New Zealand comedy horror movie Black Sheep.




Ed explains: "We have been invited to take some of the flock to the movie premier on august 24. We will obviously be watching to see which ones can be trusted to behave themselves!"



For more information about SheepScape, visit www.ewetube.co.uk


Flocks of free-roaming sheep have been a feature of the Forest of Dean since Norman times, but there is currently a rare breed about causing quite a stir!



The creatures in question feature in the Forest's SheepScape exhibition, which you can catch at various locations throughout the summer.



And if you thought all sheep looked alike, then it's time to think again, for each member of this flock of fibreglass ovine specimens is quite unique.



"They really are quite amazing," laughs Ed O'Driscoll, of Creative Partnerships. "There's Betty the Ballerina, complete with tutu and leg warmers, Simon the spring lamb, sporting a host of golden daffodils, and Beethoven the musical baa-rd!



"The flock is about 60-strong at the moment, but it keeps on growing."



It was a visit to Edinburgh where Ed saw an exhibition called Cow Parade which sparked the idea that became SheepScape. Ed explains: "There was an exhibition of life-size cows sponsored by various organisations, and it set me thinking about doing something similar in the Forest.



"Of course, sheep are synonymous with the Forest of Dean, so they seemed the obvious choice. I also wanted it to be a very creative activity, involving the community in fashioning 'roving ambassadors' for all the creativity that exists in this area."



Creative Partnerships worked with schools, young people and other creative partners to give each sheep a truly individual look; fibreglass models made by a Cheltenham firm have each been lovingly painted and remodelled into quirky and imaginative exhibits.



Ed adds: "We worked with lots of artists, and they were all given the freedom to be as creative as they chose - there were no restrictions or limitations.



"The result has been beyond our wildest dreams; the flock really is fantastic - and the sheep don't bite."



Some of the sheep are now making special guest appearances at various events in the Forest of Dean over the summer, including Dean Heritage Centre on August 25 and 26, Dean Forest Railway from August 30 to September 2, and Newent Onion Fayre on September 8.



Other members of the flock are permanently grazing at Taurus Crafts in Lydney over the summer, while others can be seen at the Perrygrove Railway in Coleford and Nature in Art, Twigworth, near Gloucester, when not at special events.



And a few, very well behaved specimens will be rubbing shoulders with the stars later this month, at the Leicester Square premier of New Zealand comedy horror movie Black Sheep.




Ed explains: "We have been invited to take some of the flock to the movie premier on august 24. We will obviously be watching to see which ones can be trusted to behave themselves!"



For more information about SheepScape, visit www.ewetube.co.uk

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