A London-based global investment company has sponsored one of the Go Herdwick sheep which is now in place at Rydal Hall near Ambleside.
Sarasin & Partners is one of the leading managers of assets for charities, foundations and philanthropic trusts.
They commissioned Flora the sheep who has taken up her position outside the tea-room in the grounds of Rydal Hall.
Floral Flora – she even has daffodils on her tail – is one of 60 fantasy ewes which have been decorated and placed in strategic locations as part of the Go Herdwick project.
The aim is to raise money for the Calvert Trust which provides challenging outdoor adventure breaks for those with disabilities.
Sheep have been sponsored by companies and organisations throughout Britain, painted by various artists, and placed in eye-catching spots across the Lakes.
Flora was painted by Cumbrian-born quilt artist Rosalind Pollock, who studied at Charlotte Mason College in Ambleside, majoring in Arts and Crafts.
Most of her quilts are designed as wallhangings and many have won prizes. They have been exhibited in the UK and USA. She says: “Quilting allows me to pull lots of strands together as I sometimes paint and /or embroider my work. I think of my sewing machine as a drawing instrument.”
Her designs for a Herdwick ewe are based on quilting stitchery.
John Handford, head of charity marketing, said: “Sarasin & Partners is very pleased to be able to help the charity in achieving its mission of assisting people with disabilities to discover what they CAN do in the breathtaking surroundings of the Lake District countryside. We are delighted that the project is proving to be such a great success.”
Rydal Hall manager, the Rev Jonathon Green said: “We are so pleased to be part of this wonderful art project for such a good cause. Flora is already delighting our visitors.”