THE cow is being put back into Cowplain with a moo-vellous woodland trail.
People across the Waterlooville district are being encouraged to make their own cows, as big as they like, for the annual Cowplain Cow Trail through Queens Inclosure woods.
This year’s theme is the Olympics – so organiser Lucy Moore would like to see sporty cows for the event on May 12.
Mrs Moore, who is married to Paul, the vicar of St Wilfrid’s Church, said: ‘We wanted to do something to celebrate where we live and be a fun event that will bring the community together.
‘Now we urgently need lots of cows to make it a success.
‘So far a 400m sprint cow has been signed up as well as a swimming cow, a cycling cow, a gymnastics cow and a high jump cow.
‘But many bovine sporting events are so far woefully under-represented.
‘We would love it if families, businesses and community groups created their own cow to join the herd in the wood.
‘It can be 2D or 3D, as big or small as you like, from cardboard or junk or cast-iron.’
Past years have been blighted by vandals who have damaged the cows before the event even opened.
But that hasn’t put off Mrs Moore, who is working with Caterpillar Crafts for the event.
She said: ‘We have had heads ripped off which has been a real pain.
‘Once we set up at 8am and by 11am some of the heads had disappeared – never to be found.
‘I joke that perhaps it’s a Godfather-type warning.
‘But it doesn’t spoil people’s enjoyment.
‘It’s a lovely event.
’It’s also a great opportunity to get people out to explore their beautiful local wood, which a lot of people don’t even know about.’
The trail will run through the wood, off London Road, from 11am to 2pm.
There will be a bouncy castle and cow pat cookies, and cowboy outfits are optional.
Entry is free.
If you would like to contribute a cow it must be delivered to The Vicarage, behind St Wilfrid’s Church in Padnell Road, Cowplain, by the evening of May 11.
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