Denbies Wine Estate, England’s largest vineyard has partnered with local charity, The Grange Centre to create ‘Greenfields – the Golden Cow’. The design of this beautiful moo was inspired by the grapes, vines and landscape of the vineyard and created by a group of artists from The Grange Centre.
‘We’ve worked on art installations before,’ says Helen Hughes, Senior Tutor in the Creative Arts & Textiles department at The Grange, ‘ including yarnbombing the trees outside GLive in Guildford so cows were not problem. We submitted several ideas and people were delighted to see their designs on the Cow Parade website alongside the work of experienced designers.
Helen continues; “We were delighted when Denbies Wine Estate asked us to team up with them and design their cow.’ The final design was created by Tammy Thompson and was inspired by the grapes, vines and landscape of Denbies’ vineyard. The cow is named ‘Greenfields the Golden Cow’ after one of Denbies’ award-winning wines.
The Grange centre is a well-known Bookham charity supporting people with disabilities to live as independently as possible. It has a thriving Creative Arts & Textiles Department who were keen to get involved in Cow Parade Surrey from the launch.
CowParade is the world’s largest public art event which is seeing lots of brightly decorated fibreglass cows placed in popular landmarks across Surrey this summer. The idea is that each cow is ‘Sponsored’ by a business, school or charity and decorated by a local artist. A specially designed app, created by digital design agency Akiko Design, is free to download from cowparadesurreyhills.com and allows cows to be found and collected. Discover lots about each cow, win rosettes, take part in quizzes and more. Those who find the most cows will be entered into a prize draw to win a luxury Kuoni holiday for two to Mauritius!
been such a great experience for all involved. And we’re very grateful to Denbies for being our sponsor.’
Chris White, Denbies Chief Executive Officer comments; ‘We are delighted to be working with the Grange. Denbies have had a long standing relationship with the Grange so a natural partnership evolved. After shortlisting the initial range of fantastic designs, the end result is absolutely brilliant and ‘Greenfields the Golden Cow’ has pride of place at the entrance to the estate. We would like to thank everyone at The Grange involved with the project. We are very pleased to be part of the Cow Parade which encapsulates everything that Surrey represents bringing together charities, local businesses, schools and communities.’
‘Greenfields the Golden Cow’ can be seen at Denbies vineyard until 3 September when it will be herded to the Surrey Hills Food, Drink and Music Festival at Coverwood Farm in Ewhurst. Over the coming weeks, Denbies will welcome other ‘visiting’ cows, including Cherry Moo, so follow the ‘mooovements’ on the cow parade app.
The autumn will see the cows auctioned off for charity. Each cow sponsor gets to choose a charity of their own to benefit from half of the auction proceeds, with the other 50 per cent going to the Surrey Hills Trust Fund established in partnership with the Community Foundation for Surrey to conserve and protect the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Greenfields the Golden Cow will raise funds for The Grange in Bookham.