Trea­cles get stuck into cheeky plant­ing

Macclesfield Express - - WILDLIFE -

THE Tyther­ing­ton branch of the Women’s In­sti­tute en­joyed a rather un­usual meet­ing cen­tred on plants.

As sum­mer ap­proaches, The Tyther­ing­ton Trea­cles, the 200th branch of the or­gan­i­sa­tion in Cheshire, set up earlier this year, gave their mem­bers a task to up­cy­cle a house­hold item to use as a plant pot.

But the in­ven­tive ladies shunned such or­di­nary items as food con­tain­ers and in­stead came up with a host of some­what more un­ortho­dox ‘pots’ to dec­o­rate their gar­dens with.

Pres­i­dent, April Ack­er­ley, said: “We had a won­der­ful and hi­lar­i­ous night.

“We asked the ladies to each bring a ‘re­cep­ta­cle’ from home and we then sup­plied the com­post and plants.

“The ac­tiv­ity was in­spired by a hang­ing “bra-sket” seen in our WI mag­a­zine.

“Some of the ladies brought the most in­ven­tive items to use as a plant pot.

“We had a potty, a cy­cling hel­met, a foot­ball, a wig head, a tyre, a men’s urine bot­tle and a male un­der­wear man­nequin, to name a few of the weird and won­der­ful items we planted up!”

Laugh­ter was the or­der of the night as the ladies shared their cheeky cre­ations with one an­other.

Mem­bers also en­joyed a talk from Lucy Willder from Mac­cles­field Com­mu­nity Gar­den Cen­tre.

The cen­tre is a so­cial en­ter­prise based in West Park that pro­vides es­sen­tial sup­port as well as teach­ing valu­able skills to adults with learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties. It also sells plants and gifts.

April said: “Our mem­ber num­bers have now grown to 83, with ages rang­ing from those in their 30s to their 70s.

“I hear there are more ladies want­ing to join at our next meet­ing too.”

The meet­ings take place once a month and the next one will take place on Mon­day, June 13, at Marl­bor­ough Pri­mary School on Tyther­ing­ton Drive.

The theme of the meet­ing will be ‘A Right Royal Knees Up’ and will cel­e­brate the Queen’s 90th birth­day with an English tea party and cake com­pe­ti­tion.

Mem­bers of the Tyther­ing­ton Trea­cles WI and some of their un­usual plant pots, plus the ‘bra-sket’ which was their orig­i­nal in­spi­ra­tion

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