The team at Covers Timber & Builders Merchants has lent their expertise to Chestnut Tree House’s The Big Hoot. The outdoor art trail will feature 30 owl sculptures, each uniquely decorated by local and national artists, which will be placed along an outdoor and fully accessible trail across Chichester and Arundel between 10th July and 1st September 2024.

In addition to the large owl sculptures, a parliament of little owls, decorated by local schools and children’s groups, will be located at indoor venues throughout Chichester.

At the end of the trail, the 30 owls will be auctioned to raise vital funds to support Chestnut Tree House. The hospice provides care for children and young people with life-limiting conditions in Sussex and South East Hampshire.

Alison Taylor, Corporate Fundraising Manager at Chestnut Tree House, commented:

“We are incredibly thankful for the generous support from businesses like Covers Timber & Builders Merchants. Their help has been invaluable in bringing The Big Hoot to life and supporting our mission of providing vital care to children with life-shortening conditions and their families.”

Henry Green, Managing Director of Covers, added:

“Since 2015, Covers has, with the help of our customers, donated almost £250,000 to hospices across the South East that play crucial roles in providing care to those in the communities our 17 depots serve. We are always looking for innovative ideas for how we can do more, and our team was delighted to be involved with Chestnut Tree House’s The Big Hoot by using their skills to make 30 plinths for the owl sculptures to be mounted on. We look forward to following the trail and wish everyone involved enormous success with the project.”

Once the trail is live, an app will be available to help people locate all the owl sculptures.

For more information about The Big Hoot and Chestnut Tree House, visit

Share your comments

Comments are closed.