Frequently Asked Questions

What is The Short Tail Trail?

The Short Tail Trail is a family-friendly sculpture trail around Luton town centre and local parks, lasting 10 weeks, from 6 July to 12 September 2024. The trail will feature 90 sculptures of hares and tortoises.


Why Short Tails?

After the huge success of the elephant sculptures on The Big Trunk Trail in 2021, we considered long and hard about what animals would once again bring our community together. The Tortoise and the Hare fable is a much loved and well-known story that depicts the importance of working together.

As a charity, 70% of Keech Hospice Care’s funding comes from its local community and supporters, without whom we can’t keep making a difference when it matters the most. These beautiful hares and tortoises are a visual reminder of the importance of our community coming together to make a difference.


Who is responsible for The Short Tail Trail?

The Short Tail Trail is a Wild in Art event brought to Luton by Keech Hospice Care.

Wild in Art is the leading producer of spectacular public art events that entertain, enrich, inform and connect communities. Their events encourage exploration and discovery in towns and cities, driving footfall, increasing dwell time, benefitting health and wellbeing – bringing joy and smiles to all. Find out more


Who are the Project Partners?

The Short Tail Trail is supported by:


How can I get involved?

The first opportunities to get involved with the trail are for Sponsors and for schools and community groups.

In September and October 2023 artists are invited to submit designs for the large hare and tortoise sculptures.

The trail begins around Luton Town Centre and local parks on 6 July 2024 for ten weeks. You will be able to download The Short Tail Trail app to find and ‘collect’ all of the sculptures.

You can also keep an eye on our website, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and X (Twitter) for any opportunities to volunteer to support the trail.


Why should my business get involved with The Short Tail Trail?

  • Be a key part of bringing the Short Trail Trail to Luton in 2024
  • Support the work of Keech Hospice Care, the adult hospice for Luton and Bedfordshire and the children’s hospice for Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Milton Keynes.
  • Promote your business or organisation in a positive and creative way
  • Generate great PR and visibility for your business or organisation
  • Increase social media presence via Short Tail Trail channels
  • Advertise to potential customers using the Short Tail Trail app
  • Create Business-to-Business networking opportunities

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How can my school or community group get involved?

Schools and community groups have been invited to join The Short Tail Trail Learning Programme. In return for a pledge of £1,250 to Keech Hospice Care, each school or group will be given a small blank hare or tortoise sculpture to design and decorate, together with a programme of suggested activities to engage in. The small sculptures will go on display as part of the trail in summer 2024, before returning to their forever homes at their school or group as a lasting legacy.

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How does The Short Tail Trail support Keech Hospice Care?

Proceeds from the auction of sculptures at the end of the trail will provide vital funds to support the ongoing work of the hospice across Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Milton Keynes. As a charity, 70% of Keech Hospice Care’s funding comes from its local community and supporters, without who we can’t keep making the difference when it matters the most.

The Short Tail Trail also offers the chance to develop partnerships with the local community, raising awareness of the work of the hospice and increasing lasting support.

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How will Luton benefit from The Short Tail Trail?

In summer 2024, 90 hares and tortoises will form the biggest and most unique outdoor public art event Luton’s ever seen. These stunning sculptures will shine bright along the fun and family-friendly art trail around Luton’s town centre and local parks, bringing together the community for one unforgettable event.

The Short Tail Trail will bring together communities and visitors to make amazing memories through creativity. Trail explorers young and old will have fun rediscovering Luton, learning about the artwork and spending time together.


Who pays for the sculptures to be made and decorated?

The large hare and tortoise sculptures are sponsored by local companies and organisations. Find out more.

The smaller sculptures will be each be sponsored by a school or community group (with a few sponsored by another organisation on behalf of the school or group). Find out more

The Short Tail Trail is a fundraising project for Keech Hospice Care and its thanks to our Partners and Sponsors that we are able to put the trail on.


What happens to the sculptures after the trail?

The trail will end on 12 September 2024. After this, there will be a final opportunity to view all of the sculptures together at our Farewell Weekend.

The small sculptures will then return to their forever homes with the schools and community groups that created them.

The large sculptures will go under the hammer at our Auction, raising vital funds to support the ongoing work of Keech Hospice Care.


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