Every year Wildlife Explorers head into the woods at the end of National Tree week to celebrate trees and their importance to wildlife, people and our culture. Trees are decorated with a mix of natural materials. Budding artists took inspiration from the festive season, the natural world, mythology and popular culture. All the materials used are biodegradable and leave minimal impact on the environment as they weather and degrade.
This year’s tree dressers were extremely fortunate, enjoying a couple of hours of dry mild weather in what was otherwise a very wet weekend, perfect conditions for working outdoors with clay. With family members of all ages taking part it was really hard to tell whether the children or adults enjoyed it most.
Our Tree Dressing art gallery included a wide range of subjects – snails, squirrels, robins and reindeer as well as snowmen, a Green Man and even Christmas dinner. In recognition of our Swifts Over Macclesfield Project two arty University students, Kat and Ellie, created a fabulous swift using a clay base with layers of autumn leaves.
This year’s well-deserved winner of the silly hat competition (and there were plenty of strong contenders) was Emilia Podmore for a fantastic home-made creation fashioned form school socks -an elephant. Other silly hats included elfs, a tiger, a crab, a very seasonal sprout and even a roast turkey.
At the end of our session, the last one of the year everyone enjoyed hot drinks and fabulous festive refreshments including some wonderful brownies and cupcakes from the Mayer family.
All the team at Wildlife Explorers would like to wish our members, their families and our community supporters a very Happy Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous New Year.