Tree-mendous Art project will see Warrington’s Queens Gardens transformed

The sun may be shining but a Warrington park is to be dressed for winter next week thanks to a tree-mendous project by Warrington Collegiate Foundation Art student Laura McFadden.

The 29-year-old will “yarn bomb” Queens Gardens as part of her final project.

Laura – who has spent countless hours knitting and crocheting pieces for the installation – first came up with the idea after making a jumper for one of her tutors, who was so impressed that she suggested she knit as part of her next project.

“I was thinking of a way to just to get it out there and ended up speaking to Culture Warrington,” explained Laura.

“In my head I always wanted it to be in Queens Gardens so I was delighted when they said I could have free reign of it.”

The project has been supported by Culture Warrington, so much so that they have even helped with some of the knitting.

Laura has also had the help of her fellow students on her Art & Design Foundation Diploma Level 3 course and her tutors.

“I’ve lost track of how many balls of wool I’ve bought – I must have spent over £50 on it so far. I’m about half way through knitting everything at the minute and I’ve got just under two weeks to go,” said Laura, who will unveil her yarn bombing masterpiece on Friday 27th May, with everything set to be in place by 8am.

She said: “It’s basically just a bit of fun, it’s all pom-poms, knitting, crocheting, it’s bright and colourful. There are going to be some take-away pieces too like teddy bears and I’m going to make some octopuses as well. So people who come along can take those away and keep them.”

As well as yarn bombing, Laura will also be “seed bombing” on the day so people can take away little packets of seeds to plant either in the park or at home.
Laura has set up a Facebook page for the event called ‘Knit it Up’ where you can find out more about the big reveal.