Woodland walk is udderly amazing!

ALTOGETHER  Left to right, Edward Farlow-Hoare with his sisters Ella and Aggie.  (121657-3824)
ALTOGETHER Left to right, Edward Farlow-Hoare with his sisters Ella and Aggie. (121657-3824)
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MOO-ving through the woods, there was certainly something different.

Maybe the 100 or so cows poking their heads through the undergrowth had something to do with it?

FUN Three-year-old Sihanua Sumba during the Cow Trail.  Picture: Sarah Standing (121657-2816)

FUN Three-year-old Sihanua Sumba during the Cow Trail. Picture: Sarah Standing (121657-2816)

It was certainly a talking-point and people of all ages delighted in the Cowplain Cow Trail, which is now in its third year.

The sun came out as hundreds of people explored Queens Inclosure in search of some moo-vellous creations.

Children at schools across Waterlooville, Denmead and Horndean have been busy making the cows, which come in all shapes and sizes.

The theme this year was sporty cows and there was even one heifer adorned with Olympic medals.

Brigitte Hoare, of Keydell Avenue, Horndean, brought along her three children, Edward, Ella and Aggie.

She said: ‘It’s fun for all the family.

‘It’s nice to get people into the woods and a good thing for the community to share.’

Lisa Knight, 30, of Linda Grove, Cowplain, came with her children Matthew and Eloise.

She said: ‘It’s got everybody out.

‘Matthew had to do some bits at his toddler group and it’s been really nice to see what he’s been doing.’

Eloise, six, who attends Padnell Infant School, said: ‘I wanted to come because I did last time and it was very exciting.’

This is the first year the trail has not been marred by vandalism.

It was organised by the congregation at St Wilfrid’s Church and Waterlooville-based Caterpillar Crafts, which arranges craft activities for children.

Sharon Wheeler, 56, has been hard at work baking this week, whipping up more than 60 ‘cow pat’ chocolate biscuits, which naturally had to be enjoyed with a glass of milk.

Mrs Wheeler said: ‘As a church we need to come out and serve the community.

‘It connects really well with Cowplain and puts Cowplain on the map.’

Volunteer Lesley Baker, nee Rann, laughed as she remembered the time 40 years ago when rather than cardboard cows, there were some real ones in Cowplain.

A herd of 17 – as well as a goat – ended up in her parents’ garden after escaping from Westbrook Farm, now a housing estate.

The 56-year-old, of London Road, Clanfield, said: ‘They were having a good old chomp on the grass and flowers!’

Lucy Moore, who is married to Paul, the vicar of St Wilfrid’s Church, said: ‘Cowplain is just a brilliant name for a village.

‘You can have fun with it. Cows are brilliant to be creative with.’