Instant volunteering opportunities at Attingham: Woollen Woods

Knitted items on display at Attingham's Woollen Woods

Instant Volunteering opportunities are one off occasions, events or activities where you can try out volunteering with us. We currently have an opportunity to volunteer from home and help craft items for our Woollen Woods display this autumn.

We're currently unable to welcome new volunteers to volunteer on site at Attingham, however, we do have an opportunity to volunteer from home to help make knitted items for our colourful autumn Woollen Woods display.

Whether you've taken up crafting as a hobby over lockdown, or always enjoyed needlecraft, we'd love it if you were able to craft an item and donate it to use for the third year of our Woollen Woods.

 

Knit a creature for Attingham's Woollen Woods

We’re looking for volunteer knitters who’d like to use up the odds and ends from their wool collection to create some autumn wildlife and nature inspired woollen creatures and items and donate them to join a display that will take over a section of the woodland along the Mile Walk this autumn.

Knitted animals on display for Attingham's Woollen Woods.
Woollen creatures on display for Attingham's Woollen Woods
Knitted animals on display for Attingham's Woollen Woods.

Cast on from the comfort of your own home to create your item - for example mushrooms, pumpkins, apples, leaves, hedgehogs, bats or birds. 

Drop off (contactless) your item with the team at Visitor Reception or post them to us - they need to be on site by Wednesday 30 September, before we put up the display in early October. 

Top tips and guide to making your creature/item

  • Please make your item or creature between 10cm - 50cm in size.
  • What materials to use: Creatures can be made from any waterproof materials but must have some wool (natural or synthetic) to be included.   
  • Pale yellow and white acrylic yarns tend to go a bit patchy, so please limit their use.
  • No buttons or button-like decorations please – to protect the natural wildlife in the area who may be curious about the new residents.
  • Natural stuffing works best outdoors if you wish to use it.

We’re sorry but we are unable to return creations to their makers after the event.

Please post or drop off your item at Visitor Reception before Wednesday 30 September. 

If posting your item please send it to 'Woollen Woods, Attingham Park, Atcham, Shrewsbury, SY4 4TP. Please also include the name and age of the crafter.

If you have any queries please email attinghamevents@nationaltrust.org.uk 

If you're looking for inspiration for your knitted item you'll find lots of ideas and patterns on the internet. Below are a few links to other websites that you might like to look at.

Pom pom ideas here.

Mixture of ideas made for a different Woollen Woods event (not Attingham) here.

What's Instant Volunteering?

It's a great way to try volunteering and see if it's for you, or if you'd like to be volunteer but can't commit to doing so regularly. If you're volunteering for a one off activity or event you'll just need to let us know that you're coming, we'll sign you up on the day, and you'll be Instant Volunteering before you know it. We're currently unable to welcome new volunteers on to site and will update here as and when we have a new opportunity.