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Young artists inspire land art for Yorkshire’s biggest bike race

Young artists inspire land art for Yorkshire’s biggest bike race
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Young artists inspire land art for Yorkshire’s biggest bike race

25 April 2017

Two budding artists from a north Sheffield school have had their eye catching designs created into stunning land art ready for this weekend’s Tour de Yorkshire which finishes in South Yorkshire on Sunday (April 30th).

The annual three day race starts in Bridlington on Friday and will finish on Sunday afternoon at Fox Valley in Stocksbridge.

The owners of Fox Valley, Dransfield Properties Ltd, organised a competition to create some stunning pieces of land art to line the route which will be watched across the world when the sporting event is televised.

Hundreds of entries were submitted but the two winners were Isobelle McGrail, aged 11 and Archie Eratt, aged 10, both from Deepcar St John’s Junior School who came up with designs which have now been created in two locations along the route by land artists from Fields of Vision.

Archie designed a beautiful umbrella in the Tour de Yorkshire colours of yellow and blue – he chose the umbrella design in tribute to Samuel Fox who developed the paragon frame umbrella in Stocksbridge in the 1850s.

His design can be spotted on the 14th green of Stocksbridge Golf Club which runs alongside the Tour de Yorkshire route as it climbs up to Bolsterstone.

Isobelle chose a fox on a bike for her design which can now been seen on the banking at Underbank Reservoir in Stocksbridge.

Both pieces should be seen by millions of viewers in 178 countries when the eyes of the cycling world focus on  Sunday’s finish.

The pupils were given pictures of the artwork as well as vouchers for winning the competition. Stocksbridge Golf Club also gave them both a club membership.

Head of Communications at Dransfield Properties, Amanda Holmes, said: “We had loads of really lovely entries but Isobelle and Archie’s designs both really stood out and I’m sure everyone who spots them on Sunday will agree that they’ve done a great job.

“We’d like to thank everyone at Stocksbridge Golf Club as well as the farm who graze their sheep at Underbank for helping us get these amazing installations put into place so quickly in time the weekend.”

For more information about the Tour de Yorkshire visit and to find out more about Fox Valley where the race finishes in Sunday go to

Alf Pearson from Stocksbridge Golf Club said the club is proud to support the Tour de Yorkshire.

He added: “Many congratulations to the two winners of the field art competition. The designs have caught the spirit of the race and the history of Stocksbridge.

"It is the club’s intention to strengthen its ties with all the schools in the area and hope that Isobelle and Archie are just the start of many pupils who get a chance to "Get Into Golf"


For further information, contact:-

Public Relations Department, Dransfield Properties Ltd
Tel: 01226 360644