Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - SEA TO SCARP -

Be­tween July 2nd and Au­gust 4th the Friends of the Na­tional Ar­bore­tum in Can­berra will warm up hun­dreds of trees with win­ter scarves in a yarn bomb­ing event that at­tracts world-wide at­ten­tion and a de­mo­graphic well be­yond hor­ti­cul­tur­al­ists. Last year Can­berra Warm Trees co­or­di­na­tor Jenny Cant­lon read about Wa­roona Visi­tor Cen­tre’s Heart­felt Project 2016 where colour­ful man­dalas were in­stalled on trees through­out the fire af­fected ar­eas in the Shires of Wa­roona and Har­vey. Jenny saw a par­al­lel be­tween the heal­ing and re­cov­ery as­pects of the Visi­tor Cen­tre’s project and the Na­tional Ar­bore­tum which was created in part to sym­bol­ise the Can­berra com­mu­nity’s process of heal­ing and re­cov­ery from the up­heaval and grief of their catas­trophic fires of 2001 and 2003. In 2017 at the end of their July dis­play, Jenny very kindly sent 50 man­dalas of dif­fer­ing sizes and colours to Wa­roona. These have been in­cor­po­rated into var­i­ous yarn­bomb­ing projects. To re­cip­ro­cate we have now sent Warm Trees two beau­ti­ful cosies that will go on show from July 2nd. The first is a col­lage of man­dalas rep­re­sent­ing the Heart­felt Project and Wa­roona fires. The sec­ond is a length of var­i­ous pieces knit­ted by Marie Thomas. This pays trib­ute to Marie who has Alzheimer’s and to her fam­ily who pro­vide such lov­ing sup­port.

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