Treefest 2017

Sep 25, 2017

This year’s Treefest was once again a big success, with performances by Jade Peters of BBC's The Voice, Stowmarket Strummers, DanceEast and many more. The creative activities in the woodland were brightened by over 2000 colourful squares adorning the trees in a ‘yarn bomb’. Art Therapist Sandra Smith and Activities Assistant Sarah Pink were instrumental in the yarn bomb’s creation, and wanted to share the following message:

“We could not help but feel overcome by the response to our request for knitted squares to decorate our trees for our beloved ‘Treefest’ festival.

"We received over 2000 squares - from first time knitters, from knitters aged 6 to 92 years old, and from places as far away as Scotland. The unique pieces, their colours and their designs, the purl and the knit, the stripes and the rainbows, the flowers and the hearts, the beaded and the bobbled became part of our daily lives for most of May, June and July, as we stitched them together fusing the long standing special connection to our community. Most recently, as the great montage of the yarn bomb began, as if by magic the squares merged with the trees in their own peculiar mathematical equation, unique in the way they twisted and turned around the bark, taking on the hardness with softness, the boldness with wisdom and the brightness with the sombre of each tree. What has arisen before us is a message in wool of love and support. Thank you to everyone involved.”

 - Sandra Smith and Sarah Pink

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The Treehouse

St. Augustine’s Gardens,
Ipswich, IP3 8NS


Church Lane, Milton,
Cambridge, CB24 6AB


Quidenham , Norwich,
Norfolk, NR16 2PH