Treacles get stuck into cheeky planting
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