Belper Memorial Garden is located at the top of King Street. It was originally given to the people of Belper by one of the Strutt family. The war memorial stands in the garden which also has beautiful flower beds, trees and several park benches. I visited this afternoon and there were family groups enjoying picnics and children playing on the grass.
The purpose of my visit was to start planning a Christmas Yarn Bomb of the Memorial Garden. Walking through the gate on King Street there are six trees along the wall on the left. I measured the first tree which looked to be the largest. It measured 45 inches around.There is a lovely large cedar tree in the middle of the lawn which would look good with something wrapped around the trunk and some stars and angels hanging from the branches. There are four posts along the pavement edge of the garden and several benches which would look good with some Christmas decorations.The plan will be to put woolly things up with a Christmas theme. I am looking for as many people as possible to join in and give the Memorial Garden a real Christmas makeover. Here is a list of some of the possibilities.
Knitted or crocheted Christmas ornaments. There are lots of free patterns on the internet and this site has plenty, allfreeknitting.com these could include round baubles, stockings, bells etc.Knitted, crocheted squares or rectangles that can be sewn together to wrap round the tree trunks and benches. It would be good if they were made in green, red or white. The squares would ideally be 5 or 10 inches square. The rectangles ideally to have a 5 or 10 inch short side with a length of 10, 20, 30 or 40 inches. They could be made in any stitch and decorated with a Christmas design or left as a single colour.
Crocheted or knitted snowflakes and stars. Here is a good star pattern, I also made some larger stars by using chunky wool and adding extra stitches, 14 instead of 10 as the pattern says. The stars would also sparkle if they had some sequins added to them.Christmas wildlife such as robins and owls.
I would appreciate receiving items by November 17th to give time for the final planning before they are displayed in the Memorial Garden. I will email you with the address to send pieces to.