CANBERRA WARM TREES
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.