New-born highland cow named 'Hope' is reason to be cheerful

Press release
Two highland calves lying beneath a tree
Published : 31 Mar 2020

A new-born highland cow called ‘Hope’ has become a symbol of optimism in times of uncertainty, according to staff at one National Trust property.

The calf, born a fortnight ago at Lyme in Cheshire, has been given the moniker by staff who said that ‘even in the most worrying times, nature can lift your spirits.’

Hope, and another new born, Bramble, are the newest additions to a herd of Highland cattle that were introduced to the 1400-acre country estate last year to increase the diversity of grassland plants and wildlife.

Chris Dunkerley, the National Trust’s Lead Ranger at Lyme, said: “Spring is about new beginnings, brighter days and a sense of optimism – and our new calves really embody that feeling.

“The coming weeks will be difficult for many people, but we hope our new arrivals can provide some springtime cheer. Even in the most worrying times, nature can lift your spirits.”

Staff will be monitoring the progress of the two calves over the coming weeks and sharing updates and photos with the public via social media.

Following the charity’s decision to close its gated parks and gardens, Director-General Hilary McGrady said that the charity would ramp up its digital efforts so that places of nature, beauty and history ‘can remain open for business virtually while we are temporarily closed.’