Spring brings woollen blooms to Rufford
Crafters everywhere are being invited to crochet 'Mr Hesketh's primrose' to bring colour to the mature trees at Rufford Old Hall.
'Mr Hesketh's primrose' – Primula veris Heskethi – is a lost hybrid of the primrose and cowslip discovered by 16th century botanist Thomas Hesketh, one of a long line of Heskeths at Rufford.
The beautifully crafted fairies, creatures and flowers you'll see in our woodland have all been lovingly hand-made by talented crafters from across Lancashire and beyond: we've even had some sent over from America!
'Knitted squirrels, owls, even knitted slugs were created for the Woollen Woods when it began as an Eden Arts project in Cumbria,' said Helen Randle of BBC Radio Lancashire's Up for Arts project who organised the installation with Rufford's team.
'It's a magical experience seeing all these woollen creations in the trees especially when you've made some of them yourself. We're hoping people will feel inspired to get knitting, crocheting and felting to tell a yarn yarn about this beautiful place.'
A crafting workshop was held at Rufford Old Hall on Mother's day where many of our visitors crochet and felted items including the magical fairies in the trees to welcome you in to the woodland.
Special thanks to everyone who contributed, including Pam Bracewell, Jennie Foster, Susan Sawyer, the Blackrod Stitch and Knit Group, Up for Arts Cumbria, the Knitters & Natters Charity Matters group and all the National Trust Volunteers.
Woollen Woods will be in the trees until the end of August 2015.
Normal admission applies.
Our Woollen Woodland is part of a nationwide campaign from Voluntary Arts to create Woollen Woods in Bloom in a number of locations across the UK.