The Kingfisher Trail, 2021

Alderley Wickwar

Alderley has always been known for its kingfisher logo which was inspired by the delight its founder, Tony Shepherd, took in watching kingfishers swooping into the stream running through his garden. Now, as part of local conservation project called the Kingfisher Trail 2021, we are hosting a new sculpture here at Alderley Wickwar this summer!

The Kingfisher Trail is a sculpture trail taking place across the Cotswolds region in the UK, launching on the 31st May and running into early October. With 22 dazzling sculptures all creatively designed by celebrated national and local artists, it will provide a unique way for people to connect with nature and the great outdoors in 2021.

Organised by the conservation organisation Cotswolds National Landscape, the Kingfisher Trail will encourage people to discover the giant kingfisher sculptures across two distinct routes inspired by the rivers Severn and Thames. The kingfisher was chosen by the organisers based on its reputation as a resilient and adaptable bird – an appropriate symbol reflecting the ongoing challenge of the global pandemic.  

Many of the exciting artists involved in the trail are based in and around the Cotswolds, you can find out more about them and further information on the Kingfisher Trail 2021 on the official  website: https://www.kingfishertrail.org/

The kingfisher spending the summer at Alderley House was created by street artist Andy ‘Dice’ Davies – aka Dice67, founder of the Cheltenham Paint Festival. In an interview for the Kingfisher Trail Andy said “I’m thinking of going a bit mad with colour. I think spray paint lends itself well to kingfishers – they are so vibrant and bright”.

The full interview can be found here: https://www.kingfishertrail.org/artist-interviews/andy-davies

Andy also selected a poem to accompany the kingfisher design: The Kingfisher. A poem by WH Davies on Vimeo

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