A BRIEF but unmissable artistic era came to an end in the Worth Valley this month when the last of the Fields of Vision artworks were removed.

Worth Valley Young Farmers and the team from Haworth-based firm Lawnorder took away the final coat of white line paint used for the One man and his dog landscape art in Stanbury.

Fields of Vision, which was created in conjunction with Pennine Prospects, was part of the Yorkshire Festival.

The quirky, imaginative and eye-catching Yorkshire-themed artworks were prepared in time for the Tour de France Grand Depart, and have since formed an art trail that thousands of people have seen and enjoyed.

Worth Valley was at the centre of the project, with three giant works of art at Stanbury, plus others at Oxenhope and Goose Cote Lane.The art was carefully located to make sympathetic use of the South Pennine scenery, and information on the best locations to view them was circulated to the public.

The works were originally installed by artists, Young Farmers group members and local contractors. One of these contractors, Lawnorder, was responsible for carrying out most of the necessary maintenance using mowers, fertiliser spreaders and white line sprayers.

Project manager, Andrew Wood, said: “We were very fortunate to get Lawnorder owner David Burlison and his team working with us on this initiative. Aside from their vital expertise, their genuine interest and enjoyment of the project meant they were prepared to work all hours and in difficult conditions to make sure the artworks were all looking their best.”

Mr Burlison said: “Our work with Fields of Vision for the Tour de France has been a quality experience.

“We have utilised the skills and equipment we generally use for sports pitches and school grounds to create giant land artworks. In most cases it has pushed our knowledge and machinery capability to the limit due to the remote locations and severe terrain we needed to work on.”

Mr Wood added: “It seems a shame to remove the artworks but they served their purpose of drawing much attention to the beauty of the South Pennines.

“We owe considerable thanks to Yorkshire Water, the many farmers of the Worth Valley and Alfe’s Restaurant in Keighley, who so kindly hosted our artworks.”