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A Giant Cow on the Hill? Udderly fantastic!

Wednesday 25th September 2019

As part of our 25th birthday celebrations, we’ve been talking cow poo!

We’ve worked with a group of local artists to create a cow made entirely of organic cow muck from our own farm. The finished article on the hill of the valley looks fantastic!

This giant cow took a team of artists wielding 3,000 buckets of poo, a week to complete and stands at 70 metres wide and 50 metres high! As much as we love her, she won’t be around for long, naturally degrading over a fortnight or so, leaving no trace behind.

This temporary art installation is a perfect way to mark 25 years of organic and will also help get the message across that organic farming works with and not against the natural environment.

We took the idea to the Heritage Courtyard Gallery here in Somerset and got Heather Jane Wallace involved in the project. She says:

“‘I’m a Somerset girl and my family are farmers so I really understand the message. Organic farming is so important for wildlife, healthy soil and tackling climate change. It was exhausting carrying the buckets of poo up the steep hill. We used great big household brooms to paint it into the grass. It was a real challenge getting the scale right – from a distance we quickly realised that you can only make out great big shapes and not details like eye lashes. Whoever said contemporary art is just a pile of poo??”

Comments on “A Giant Cow on the Hill? Udderly fantastic!”


    Annemarie Lees on 14th August 2020 at 12:58 pm

  • Inspoorational

    justin on 19th February 2020 at 1:18 pm

  • Really good idea! And it’s cool too.💩

    justin on 19th February 2020 at 1:15 pm

  • Mesy job But well worth it !!!

    Elvyn dudley Hussey on 12th November 2019 at 11:14 am

  • Love the cow-dung cow. Should fertilise the field rather well too! Very organic and tuned in to nature!

    Sharon Henry on 7th November 2019 at 6:17 pm

  • It looks fab!!!!!!

    Karen on 24th October 2019 at 4:54 pm


    Bryan Caleb Thomas on 20th October 2019 at 5:38 pm

  • Wonderful! Surely it must be made permanent?

    Nansi on 15th October 2019 at 7:09 am

  • What a wonderful visual picture

    Julia Filby on 14th October 2019 at 9:23 pm

  • Absolutely fantastic Heather Jane. Great perspective

    Christine Kelleher on 13th October 2019 at 2:15 am

  • I love it! Please photograph it and allow us to exchange yeokens for a copy.

    Elaine Rogers on 10th October 2019 at 3:49 pm

  • Absolutely amazing. Imagine all that poo running down into the valleys below . All the good nourishment it’s giving !!! 😆

    Elizabeth Harding on 9th October 2019 at 12:30 pm

  • Organically lovely poofect!

    Christine on 7th October 2019 at 8:48 am

  • Great picture of a cow on the hillside

    Lois on 6th October 2019 at 1:28 pm

  • It looks fantastic. Well done to the artists.

    Aldythe on 4th October 2019 at 10:25 pm

  • A poo cow, absolutely great wonderful idea.

    Margaret on 4th October 2019 at 6:15 pm

  • I went on a cow hunt in the valley today and failed. Is she still intact?

    Cerys on 3rd October 2019 at 5:14 pm

  • That’s brilliant.

    Cheryl on 3rd October 2019 at 4:11 pm

  • Fun project, I hope the cow pooh doesn’t end up in blagdon lake, I fish there!

    chris baker on 3rd October 2019 at 10:54 am

  • Fantastic work! Congratulations on 25yrs organic farming and good luck for the future and beyond!!

    Jamie on 3rd October 2019 at 8:39 am

  • Fantastic!

    Kay Newton on 3rd October 2019 at 7:40 am

  • Pootiful.

    Terry Tideswell on 3rd October 2019 at 7:38 am

  • Moo mastic

    Shirley on 2nd October 2019 at 11:02 pm

  • What a wonderful creation and so environmentally friendly – well in keeping with the ethos of your farm.

    Frances Swan on 2nd October 2019 at 9:43 pm

  • I just can’t get my head round the GREAT ideas you have Raceal as events orgainier, you do think outside the box! I hope Andi gets to use the cow poo in the garden as it will make then even better! Do you close up for the winter mths? and when? Best wishers to you all from Sally

    sally on 2nd October 2019 at 8:36 pm

  • Is the name of the cow shitty. L would think it stinks the area out so a you will not get people to come and see it

    Allan J Selway on 2nd October 2019 at 8:23 pm

  • Love it Holy Organic Shit BRILLIANT

    Rosemary on 2nd October 2019 at 7:33 pm

  • Well done! Especially to the guys who did the carrying of the buckets! Trust you all had a good shower when you finished 🤣😂🤣

    Eileen on 2nd October 2019 at 6:47 pm

  • My sisters and I are udderly confused, there’s a broon coo up the brae an she’s nae eating oor grass

    Julia on 2nd October 2019 at 6:16 pm

  • Expect the cow to appear in extra lush grass growth soon!

    John Band on 2nd October 2019 at 5:46 pm

  • Cool

    Yuliya Pavlovna Khlebnikova on 2nd October 2019 at 5:07 pm

  • Wow, well impressed it looks amazing. Fantastic idea.

    Elaine on 2nd October 2019 at 4:20 pm

  • Pootastic.
    I bet that the organic waste will leave it’s mark by making the grass greener in the Spring.

    Terryl Bacon on 2nd October 2019 at 4:02 pm

  • I love this! It’s just a shame it won’t be around for longer.

    Joanne on 2nd October 2019 at 3:57 pm

  • EXCELLENT job well done . I’ve never seen white cow poo before!

    David Germain on 2nd October 2019 at 3:55 pm

  • Moovelous dahlings x!

    Anita on 2nd October 2019 at 3:36 pm

  • What a fantastic thing to do. Such an achievement, original and clever. Living in Scotland I can’t come down to see it but it doesn’t matter I can see it in your picture and to scale too!

    Helen O'Brien on 2nd October 2019 at 2:53 pm

  • You’ve really dung it this time!

    Susan Platter on 2nd October 2019 at 2:23 pm

  • There couldn’t possibly be any better way to celebrate your organic ethos or your 25th anniversary….BRILLIANT! My only regret is I don’t live near enough to come and see the artwork for myself.Congratulations and thanks for putting the photo on your website.

    Angela Davies on 2nd October 2019 at 1:11 pm

  • A giant cow made of poo?
    Pull the udder one!

    Philip Kirwin on 2nd October 2019 at 1:07 pm

  • Happy 25th anniversary.
    Looks really good what a feat 3,ooo buckets of cow poo can attain.It’s a shame I cant get to see it in the real. I hope it’s had a lot
    of publicity to advertise
    local organic farming .
    Carry on your good work.

    Patricia Page on 2nd October 2019 at 1:02 pm

  • What a great idea, looks wonderful and sends a really positive message about farming too. Well done and keep up the good work!

    Jeanette on 2nd October 2019 at 12:45 pm

  • What a Fantastic idea, you done an amazing job.
    Happy 25th birthday!

    laura miles on 2nd October 2019 at 12:36 pm

  • This is great. Looks fantastic and was worth the effort to send out a clear message about organic farming.

    Joanne Davenport on 2nd October 2019 at 12:20 pm


    Janet on 2nd October 2019 at 12:13 pm

  • What a fantastic project. It looks great!

    Barry on 2nd October 2019 at 12:11 pm

  • Beautiful. It’s a pity it can’t be made permanent.

    David Brunt on 2nd October 2019 at 12:01 pm

  • It’s a fantastic idea. Shame you can’t make it a permanent feature.

    Lesley on 2nd October 2019 at 11:59 am

  • That looks truly fantastic – a credit to you all. But think of the other possibilities? A Boris Johnson made entirely of cow poo would be so appropriate…

    George on 2nd October 2019 at 11:42 am

  • Maybe the poo cow will last in that the grass will grow lusher where the poo is and, in time, you will have a green cow.

    Gill Bunce on 2nd October 2019 at 11:12 am

  • Amazing what a feat great idea very well done to all concerned.

    Sheila Gilbert on 2nd October 2019 at 10:08 am

  • Totally amazing!!

    Anne Crockford on 2nd October 2019 at 9:40 am

  • It’s absolutely superb, congratulations to all who planned and made the “sculpture”

    Jan Lemon on 2nd October 2019 at 9:12 am

  • congratulations for showing the natural in the easiest way to understand why values ​​have been lost🌻

    Gisele on 25th September 2019 at 1:46 pm

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