Wentworth Woodhouse volunteers hope thousands of little wooden birds will fly out of their hands as they visit locations in Barnsley and Rotherham over the summer.

A total of 10,000 birds will form The Flock, a huge art installation on the lawns of the stately home in the autumn.

The moving display will mark Covid-19 lockdown and inspire people to engage with local arts, culture and heritage.

Each bird, a symbol of freedom and how communities pulled together, can be decorated with messages and artwork which can also reflect affection for the Rotherham stately home being regenerated by a Preservation Trust.

It is free to decorate a bird, but the Trust hopes people who can afford to will make a donation towards the Wentworth Woodhouse Fundraising Appeal.

Midlands-based artists Julie Edwards and Ron Thompson of Planet Art are behind the project, one of three large-scale installations created by artists appointed by National Lottery Heritage Fund and Arts Council England funded Wentworth & Elsecar Great Place ,and Wakefield-based arts organisation Beam. Others are planned for Wentworth Castle Gardens and Elsecar Heritage Centre in Barnsley.

People unable to get to the pick-up stations, can request a paper template via email to print out, decorate, and send back, or make a donation via campaigns@wentworthwoodhouse.org.uk.