FINAL preparations are under way for the launch of an art trail that will see 30 giraffes placed around Worcester.

The six-mile trail features 30 large giraffes and 27 smaller calf sculptures and will run until Sunday, September 16.

The trail is a Wild in Art event, brought to the city by St Richard’s Hospice. It will launch on Monday, July 9.

Sara Matthews, project manager for Worcester Stands Tall, said: “After many months of careful planning, we can’t wait to finally unleash our gorgeous giraffes on to the streets and open spaces of Worcester

“We hope you will join us to enjoy this spectacular showcase of artistic talent and raise money for the hospice’s Build 2020 Appeal, while celebrating our wonderful city and county.”

The large sculptures have been decorated by artists both from the local area and across the UK, while one is designed by singer and actress Toyah Willcox.

Among the sponsors for the art trail is Andrew Grant Estate Agent, which has sponsored a giraffe sculpture.

Katie Chesterman, lettings manager at Andrew Grant, said: “Worcester Stands Tall is a fantastic initiative and we are privileged to be involved with such a great cause.

“We’re excited that the event is happening right here in our wonderful city and we are very much looking forward to sharing the enjoyment of it with the local community.”

The calves have been created by schools and community groups, for a display in the city’s Crowngate Shopping Centre. One final calf will be on show in a location soon to be revealed.

Trail maps will be available from points around the city, including Worcester Tourist Information Centre, Worcester Cathedral, Crowngate Shopping Centre and the Worcester Stands Tall pop-up shop, also located in Crowngate Shopping Centre.

There will be an app in time for the trail which will be available from the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store.

Once the trail has ended, there will be a final chance to see all 57 sculptures together at Worcester Cathedral before the large giraffes are auctioned. This farewell event will take place from Thursday, October 4 to Sunday, October 7.

The auction takes place at drp, in Hartlebury on Thursday, October 11.