New fairy, 'Dancing with Dandelions', takes her turn at Trentham Gardens
Visitors to the award-winning Trentham Gardens in Staffordshire have been surprised to discover a newcomer to the perennially popular Fairy Trail, one which could quickly prove to be amongst the most popular to land here so far.
’Dancing with Dandelions’ has dropped into the Rivers of Grass gardens created by Chelsea gold medal winner Piet Oudolf, where she will (literally) be taking her turn in the trail for the duration of the summer season.
She can be spotted, rotating in the wind; and, as the grasses grow slightly longer during the coming weeks and months, she will gradually appear to be magically hovering above Oudolf’s gently swaying planting scheme.
Regular visitors may recall a fleeting appearance by Anahi in the gardens a couple of years ago but, since then, the number of fairies included in the trail has remained at 15. The arrival of ‘Dancing with Dandelions’, however, has already caused quite a stir with fresh sightings of the new ‘fairy at the bottom of the garden’ quickly making it onto most social media channels.
In common with ‘Wishes’, who arrived during celebrations marking the 10th anniversary of the reopening of The Trentham Estate to the public, ‘Dancing with Dandelions’ is life-sized, and weighs 80kilos. Before arriving at Trentham, she was previously seen at RHS Chatsworth Show, and is another Fantasywire UK creation - designed and made by Robin Wight, who has allowed her to visit her fairy friends during the summer months.
“It’s probably worth saying that ‘Dancing with Dandelions’ is already the most popular fairy of all time,” says Robin Wight. “Ever since we first went viral, following the photo taken at Trentham of ‘Wishes’, I get thousands of requests - and now 99% want Dancing with Dandelions. Despite the level of love for her, she’s never been seen in public before, with the exception of RHS Chatsworth, so this is a chance to see her in the flesh (so-to-speak) for the first time”.
First introduced in 2012, the Trentham Fairy Trail has expanded over the years, and has delighted visitors of all ages - from young families who go in search of 15 beautifully crafted fairies, through to adults and keen photographers who are able to admire the skill of Robin Wight.
The clear message to all visitors is “see her while you can” (and share your photographs using the hashtag #TrenthamGardens #TrenthamFairies). In the meantime, a brief video of ’Dancing with Dandelions’ can be seen here:
The Trentham Fairy Trail has more recently been joined in the gardens by David Meredith’s ‘Nature in Bronze’ installation of wildlife sculptures, which has also boosted the Staffordshire estate’s reputation as an open-air art gallery.
Among the growing number of artworks which complement the natural beauty of the Estate is a statue of Perseus, which enjoyed a starring role at the Royal Academy of Art’s exhibition entitled “Bronze” in London in 2012.
Trentham also boasts a stunning collection of chainsaw-carved wood sculptures by Andy Burgess portraying a kingfisher, a diving otter, sheep and stag beetles.
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Notes to editors: The Trentham Estate, on the edge of Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, offers one of the UK’s most diverse days out with a range of leisure activities for all ages.It is one of the country’s top leisure destinations, attracting more than 3.2m visitors per year and was awarded a Gold Accolade by VisitEngland in February 2018 in recognition of the quality visitor experience offered. The fabulous restored Trentham Gardens at the heart of the Estate attracted just over 725,000 visits in 2017 - making them one of the most visited gardens in the UK. They were also named the UK’s “Garden of the Year” in the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2015. Owned and managed by St. Modwen Properties PLC, the UK’s leading regeneration specialist, the 725-acre Estate, which was previously owned for over 400 years by the Dukes of Sutherland, has undergone a massive regeneration programme since 2003. The Estate boasts: The famous Trentham Gardens, including the very important Italianate Gardens designed by Charles Barry in the 1830s that have been lovingly restored using top landscape designers. The gardens feature the UK’s first ‘barefoot’ walk, a great children’s adventure play area and maze and a beautiful walk around the mile long lake, originally laid out by Lancelot “Capability” Brown in the 18th Century. The Trentham Garden Centre and newly expanded Shopping Village, an eclectic mix of shops and eateries with a 119-bedroom Premier Inn Hotel. Trentham Monkey Forest - a unique opportunity to walk amongst 140 free roaming Barbary macaques, in a natural woodland environment for this endangered species. Extensive woodlands.
Cultural Destinations Editors’ Notes: The Stoke-on-Trent Cultural Destinations Programme runs from 2017-2020, is funded by Arts Council England and is led by Stoke-on-Trent Museums Service. The Steering Group members are Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Visit Stoke, Stoke-on-Trent City Council Culture Team, British Ceramics Biennial, b Arts, Appetite, Trentham Estate, World of Wedgwood, Middleport Pottery and Staffordshire University, with advisory support from Creative Tourist. Cultural Destinations is an initiative that was developed by the Arts Council in partnership with Visit England, the national tourist board. The £3m funded programme aims to increase the reach of those experiencing arts and culture, the sustainability of cultural organisations in local destinations, and to encourage the public and private sector to work together to support the growth of the local visitor economy.