Each year Macclesfield RSPB Wildlife Explorers celebrate National Tree Week with a creative afternoon of Tree Dressing celebrating the cultural, historical and ecological importance of trees. This year the group returned to the woodland at Tegg’s Nose Country Park to create a gallery of clay-based ephemeral artwork made entirely from natural materials.
A crisp but sunny afternoon provided ideal conditions for families to get creative. Inspired by nature, mythology and the group’s current community project, The Macclesfield Big Bird Box Build, creations ranged from owls and hedgehogs to nestboxes and even an entire tree. This year many of the young artists took inspiration from the festive season. There were some beautiful clay reindeer and robins and even a Christmas turkey.
It has become a tradition for the annual Tree Dressing session to incorporate a Silly Hat competition. Entries this year did not disappoint and included some superb home-made hats.
After some games to warm up, the group rounded off the session with festive refreshments – hot drinks, mince pies and mini chocolate yule logs.