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Wentworth Woodhouse’s Flock is coming to you

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Wentworth Woodhouse volunteers hope thousands of little wooden birds will fly out of their hands as they visit locations in Barnsley and Rotherham over the summer.

A total of 10,000 birds will form The Flock, a huge art installation on the lawns of the stately home in the autumn.

The moving display will mark Covid-19 lockdown and inspire people to engage with local arts, culture and heritage.

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Each bird, a symbol of freedom and how communities pulled together, can be decorated with messages and artwork which can also reflect affection for the Rotherham stately home being regenerated by a Preservation Trust.

It is free to decorate a bird, but the Trust hopes people who can afford to will make a donation towards the Wentworth Woodhouse Fundraising Appeal.

Midlands-based artists Julie Edwards and Ron Thompson of Planet Art are behind the project, one of three large-scale installations created by artists appointed by National Lottery Heritage Fund and Arts Council England funded Wentworth & Elsecar Great Place ,and Wakefield-based arts organisation Beam. Others are planned for Wentworth Castle Gardens and Elsecar Heritage Centre in Barnsley.

People unable to get to the pick-up stations, can request a paper template via email to print out, decorate, and send back, or make a donation via campaigns@wentworthwoodhouse.org.uk

Bird distribution points:

St Johns Green, Kimberworth Park:

August 5, 10am-1pm,

August 19, 10am-1pm, September 2, 10am-1pm

Last chance to drop your birds off: Sept 16, 10am-1pm

Elsecar Heritage Centre:

August 6, 10am-1pm, August 20, 10am-1pm, Sept 3, 10am-1pm

Last chance to drop your birds off: Sept 17, 10am-1pm

Greasbrough Playing Fields:

August 10, 10am-1pm, August 24, 10am-1pm, September 7, 10am-1pm

Last chance to drop your birds off: Sept 21, 10am-1pm

Rotherham Market:

August 11, 10am-1pm, August 25, 10am-1pm,

Sept 8, 10am-1pm

Last chance to drop your birds off: Sept 22, 10am-1pm

Clifton Park:

August 12, 10am-1pm, August 26, 10am-1pm, Sept 9, 10am-1pm

Last chance to drop your birds off: Sept 23,10am-1pm

Wentworth Garden Centre:

August 17, 10am -1pm, August 31, 10am – 1pm

Last chance to drop your birds off: Sept 14, 10am-1pm

Thorpe Hesley Recreation Ground;

August 18, 3-6pm, Sept 1, 3-6pm

Last chance to drop your birds off: Sept 15, 3-6pm

Images: WWPT

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Tom Austen
Tom grew up in Aston, Rotherham and studied Human Geography at Nottingham Trent University before developing a passion for promoting Rotherham and a nose for a good story.

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