Spinning a colourful yarn at Crathes

This is how trees at the entrance to Crathes Castle could look this time next year.
This is how trees at the entrance to Crathes Castle could look this time next year.

A year-long campaign has been launched at Crathes Castle with the aim of achieving an eye-catching entrance to the popular visitor attraction.

Local people and groups are being encouraged to knit enough material to ‘yarn bomb’ trees that line the castle driveway.

The target is to mark National Knit in Public Day 2017 and the unusual initiative was announced at the National Trust for Scotland property on Saturday.

Organisers believe it will be a spectacular addition for Crathes visitors and, at the same time, provide a showcase for local knitting expertise.

Property manager James Henderson said; “We came up with this idea when we saw some pretty spectacular yarn bombing images on-line.

“Knitting itself is now a hugely fashionable hobby so we thought why not tie the two together and transform Crathes’ front driveway.”

Events co-ordinator Madeline Ward added: “Don’t be intimidated by the size of the trees at Crathes, the beauty of the projects is that individual pieces of knitting can easily be stitched together to cover a trunk.

“In fact, we’d love knitting groups or clubs to come along and pick their own tree to decorate.

“We’ve never attempt anything like this at Crathes so it really is a case of the more the merrier - we’ve just got to keep the deadline of National Knit in Public Day 2017 in mind.”

For more information contact Crathes Castle, garden and estate on 01330 844525 or email crathes@nts.org.uk