Woolly display on town trees is a huge hit

The square that was bought by a woman in memory of her still-born child, centre, that had to be re-crocheted after all the wool from the tree by Northburn Primary School was stolen last Thursday.
The square that was bought by a woman in memory of her still-born child, centre, that had to be re-crocheted after all the wool from the tree by Northburn Primary School was stolen last Thursday.

A group of volunteers has brought a patch of colour to a Northumberland town.

Those who ‘yarn-bombed’ six trees in Cramlington at night did so to raise awareness of the work of charity Spirit of Africa. The team was led by trustee Donna Southgate.

Volunteers put the finishing touches to one of the 'yarn-bombed' trees in Cramlington.

Volunteers put the finishing touches to one of the 'yarn-bombed' trees in Cramlington.

People have donated money for each square on display. All donated funds are used to support young people in the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa through a pre-school and foster care home.

However, there was some sad news for those involved in the initiative when all the wool on the tree by Northburn Primary School was stolen last Thursday. It was replaced by another set of squares on Tuesday.

Carol Tree, chairman and founder trustee of Spirit of Africa, said: “We don’t tell anyone in advance which trees we yarn bomb to keep it as a surprise for the residents.

“People love them, especially children, and we’ve rece-ived many positive comments from the people in Cramlington who have seen the trees.

A group of children that are being supported by the Spirit of Africa charity.

A group of children that are being supported by the Spirit of Africa charity.

“It’s such a shame that the squares from one of the trees were stolen – one of them was bought by a woman in memory of her still-born child.”

For more details about the book of thanksgiving in Cramlington, email info@spiritofa frica.org.uk

Spirit of Africa started in 2011 and six of its volunteers built the pre-school with help from local builders.

Each of the squares are sewn on and they stick to the bark.

For more information about the charity and its activities, visit www.spiritofafrica.org.uk

Anyone with information about the theft is asked to call Northumbria Police on 101.