If you’ve been following Farnham’s Otter Wey Trail, then you may have come across this beautifully colourful one in Phyllis Tuckwell’s shop on Downing Street.
Painted by local illustrator Tudor Morgan, the top of the otter is decorated with people holding hands, representing the charity’s staff and volunteers who provide an invaluable support network for local patients and families who are living with an advanced or terminal illness, such as cancer. Underneath them spreads an abundance of wildflowers which represent Phyllis Tuckwell’s Memory Meadow – a special area situated in Guildford’s Stoke Park, which stands as a stunning floral tribute dedicated to the memory of loved ones who are no longer with us, but are never forgotten.
Phyllis Tuckwell’s otter, which is named Memory Meadow, is part of the Otter Wey, an art trail made up of over 40 one-metre tall model otters, each decorated by a professional or amateur artist, or a community group, and sponsored by a local business or community organisation. The trail celebrates the return of otters to the River Wey, which runs through Farnham.
Memory Meadow was sponsored by Farnham Lions member Mandy Main. “The Otter Wey is such a fantastic and exciting idea,” she says. “As a supporter of Phyllis Tuckwell, and to thank them for the wonderful care and support which they gave to my mum and myself, I wanted to sponsor an otter for Phyllis Tuckwell to ensure that they were included in the trail.”
The otters will all be auctioned on the 9th July at Farnham Castle, and Mandy hopes that Memory Meadow will be purchased by someone on behalf of Phyllis Tuckwell, and given to the charity to keep.