A STAMPEDE of wild animals is heading through the Dearne Valley village this summer — but villagers won’t need to lock up their windows and doors.
That’s because the animals are actually sculptures — some of which will form a trail around Thurnscoe’s shop windows.
Six sculptures of wild animals will be sent to primary schools and community groups ahead of the summer holidays to be decorated.
They will then be showcased in shop windows to form the Go Wild in Thurnscoe sculpture trail, which has been jointly funded by Big Local Thurnscoe and Barnsley Council Principal Towns.
Three larger sculptures will be decorated by professional artist Fabric Lenny, with input from community groups, and will be on permanent display from August.
A giant gorilla will be hidden amongst the roses in the Flower Park, a hare will feature at Phoenix Park and a large owl will be landing outside Thurnscoe Library.
Big Local Thurnscoe development worker Alison Vint said: “The partnership is really excited to be bringing a jungle full of wild animals into Thurnscoe this summer.
“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.”
Organisers said the project formed part of a wider initiative to improve the environment of the village for everyone to enjoy.