Hertford Yarn Bombed Christmas Tree
Written by Mickey Gocool on 5th December 2019
Hertford Town Council and the Secret Society of Hertford Crafters (SSOHC) have joined forces once again following previous partnerships including the Hertford Castle Poppy installation and multiple children’s town trails including the Princess and Pirate Trail and the Mythical Creatures Trail.
Residents, locals, shop owners and tourists will be in for a festive treat this Christmas as a giant knitted, crocheted and crafted Christmas tree towering over 10ft tall will be displayed in Hertford’s Salisbury Square from 22nd November.
The tree structure has been constructed by Hertford Town Council and features 40 themed boxes of which 24 will be numbered and opened daily in advent calendar style to unveil crafted scenes. The Mayor of Hertford will open the 12th advent calendar box and other local individuals have been invited to open other advent boxes.
Each box will display Christmas bespoke designs which have been hand crafted by the Secret Society of Hertford Crafters. The advent boxes will remain a surprise, but the other box scenes include the Nutcracker, a gingerbread family, Christmas carousel, festive gnomes, Christmas kittens, angels, polar bear, skiing scene, winter mice and much more.
Well over 100 dedicated Yarn Bombers have secretly been making the Christmas tree components since August 2019 with their aims of:
- bringing joy to Hertford
- engendering community spirit
- fundraising for local charities
this will help Hertford Town Council with their objectives of:
- Celebrating the community and comradery of the county town of Hertfordshire.
- Encouraging locals and visitors to shop locally this Christmas and support the array of independent retailers the town has to offer.
- Helping to fundraise and raise the profile of the chosen charity ‘Herts Young Homeless’.
Surrounding the spectacular crafted tree will be a fence that will include a total of 96 crafted toppers of which some represent the independent shops and businesses in the county town (photographs attached).
Donations are welcome from visitors towards the chosen charity ‘Herts Young Homeless’ which provides services to support vulnerable people with a focus of preventing homelessness.
The charity offers free services for 16 – 24 year olds who are homeless or threatened with homelessness. They provide information and support as well as emergency accommodation.
SSOHC will be collecting donations to the charity by having a presence in Salisbury Square and collection tins will be placed in surrounding shops and businesses around the town.
In addition, donations can be made online via https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/YarnBomber
Chairman of Hertford Town Council’s Development & Leisure Committee, Councillor Jane Sartin, said:
“This is another fantastic initiative by the Secret Society of Hertford Crafters, which Hertford Town Council has been pleased to support. I hope residents and visitors to the town will enjoy seeing the Christmas Tree be revealed as Christmas draws closer, and take the opportunity at the same time to shop in Hertford and support the independent and national retailers.”
The Secret Society of Hertford Crafters, said: “SSOHC chose Herts Young Homeless because it is an amazing local charity providing services to support vulnerable young people; this is important all year round but seems to resonate all the more at Christmas.
Hertford Town Council approached us to see if SSOHC could create a Christmas tree for the town and the partnership formed.
SSOHC attracts quite a wide age range and a huge range of talents for different crafts – crochet, knitting, embroidery, felting, cross stitch to name a few. We welcome all capabilities and don’t mind how much or little time people want to devote to the society.”