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Leaps for joy as GoGoCreate launch proves big success

PUBLISHED: 08:31 09 June 2018 | UPDATED: 16:31 19 June 2018

The crowd at Pensthorpe for the GoGoCreate launch Photo: Mark Ivan Benfield

The crowd at Pensthorpe for the GoGoCreate launch Photo: Mark Ivan Benfield

Mark Ivan Benfield

Schools and community groups gathered to see the launch of the new GoGoCreate learning project.

The official launch of the the GoGoHares GoGoCreate programme at Pensthorpe Nature Reserve. Pictured are (from left) Jo Artherton, Hilary Richards, Peter Marron and Annie Laughrin. Picture: Ian BurtThe official launch of the the GoGoHares GoGoCreate programme at Pensthorpe Nature Reserve. Pictured are (from left) Jo Artherton, Hilary Richards, Peter Marron and Annie Laughrin. Picture: Ian Burt

Seven leverets and a few GoGoHares were the centre of attention at Pensthorpe Natural Park on Thursday, June 7.

All 164 leverets have been completed and will form a mini trail of their own around Norwich from July 2 to September 2.

The locations include some clusters at a bespoke gallery space in Chapelfield, the Forum, Cathedral and many shops and businesses around the city.

This project is being delivered by Norfolk children’s charity Break in partnership with Wild in Art.

The official launch of the the GoGoHares GoGoCreate programme at Pensthorpe Nature Reserve. Pictured are brother and sister, Ethan (6) and Emilie Burr (10). Picture: Ian BurtThe official launch of the the GoGoHares GoGoCreate programme at Pensthorpe Nature Reserve. Pictured are brother and sister, Ethan (6) and Emilie Burr (10). Picture: Ian Burt

The element includes a range of ages, interests and groups who are located all over the county. Organisations which took part include schools, colleges, care homes, NHS departments, sports clubs and community groups.

The aim is to use the hare as the common theme and link it with creative activities, sporting, community and fundraising challenges as well as providing hooks into the core national curriculum subjects for schools.

Peter Marron, co-ordinator for the project, said: “We have been so pleased with the range of creativity, originality and process behind the designs on the leverets. Many of the participants have also been really proactive with fundraising and associated activities around the project.”

The chosen leverets for the launch were Harry Hare from Holt Rugby Club, Star Gazer from Pensthrope Natural Park, Derick the 3rd (House of Dale) from Break Rosedale, Dewey from Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library, Chestnut from Spooner Row, Hare be Nature from West Earlham Junior and Lenny the Leveret from Norwich Lower School.

The official launch of the the GoGoHares GoGoCreate programme at Pensthorpe Nature Reserve. Pictured are brother and sister, Ethan (6) and Emilie Burr (10). Picture: Ian BurtThe official launch of the the GoGoHares GoGoCreate programme at Pensthorpe Nature Reserve. Pictured are brother and sister, Ethan (6) and Emilie Burr (10). Picture: Ian Burt

The leverets join a further 50 city hares and 18 moongazers around the county, making this a really accessible trail for the whole of Norfolk.

The main trails run from June 24 to September 8.

There is one last chance to see all the sculptures together at the Hare Today Gone Tomorrow event on October 7 to 10 outside The Forum, on Millennium Plain, Norwich before the auction on Thursday, October 11.

For more information on the trail and the charity, visit gogohares.co.uk and follow @GoGoHares2018 on Facebook and Twitter and #GGH18 on Instagram.

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