A STAMPEDE of wild animals will soon be let loose in Thurnscoe.

A raft of sculpted creatures - including a giant gorilla taking over in the Flower Park, a hare at Phoenix Park and an owl outside Thurnscoe Library - will form part of a new ‘Go Wild in Thurnscoe’ sculpture trail, funded by Big Local Thurnscoe with backing from the council’s Principal Towns fund.

The larger sculptures are to be painted by Holmfirth artist Fabric Lenny working alongside local community groups, before being installed in August.

Six smaller sculptures will be delivered to local primary schools and community groups to be decorated ahead of the summer holidays, before being hosted in shop windows as part of the sculpture trail.

BLT development worker Alison Vint said: “The partnership is really excited to be bringing wild animals into Thurnscoe this summer.

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“We are producing a leaflet which will have all the sculpture locations and details of all the schools and groups that have been involved in the project - we think it’s a great way to get children and community groups involved in an exciting animal-themed project that will give families something to do in the summer holidays.

“Thurnscoe has some fantastic green spaces, and we hope it will encourage people to get out and about to visit them and check out the new arrivals.”

The project forms part of a wider initiative to improve the village - summer planting is underway, new banners will be installed at Thurnscoe railway station and there are plans to build a £250,000 plaza on part of Thurnscoe Sports Ground next year.