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Wrapping the Wetlands is catching on

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Chris Judd was so inspired by Port Stephens’ 2020 collaborative yarn bomb project that she put the idea to her fellow Hunter Wetlands Centre volunteers… and it soon caught on.

Scaling down the scope of the project seemed achievable and so it was just a matter of knitting and crocheting.

Wrapping or yarn bombing is a form of ‘urban’ art where yarn in any form, be it knit, crochet, latch hook, cross stitch, amigurumi or simple wrapping, adorns an object in the environment.

“Although the project was very successful with over 700 contributions, I felt the spread across Port Stephens was ambitious,” Chris says.

“The opportunity to concentrate the yarn bombing to the immediate BHP pond area in front of the Visitors Centre and just beyond was the main part of the project.

“Involving the community and the volunteers at the wetlands was another objective.

“And, the main aim was to encourage community participation to have fun decorating the wetlands environment.”

With more than 600 contributions to the project, Chris and her fellow volunteers are delighted with the result.

“Community craft groups, schools, volunteers at the wetlands, CWA and others just arrived with their marvellous creations to add to the Wrapping of the Wetlands, it’s marvellous.”

Railings on the jetty wrapped in colourful bunting, a knitted beanie atop a tree stump, a tree covered in crochet, all of the yarn bombing brings warmth and whimsy and makes people smile, say the team at Hunter Wetlands.

The wraps will be in place from now until 7 October.

They will be checked regularly to ensure they remain in place and are not a threat to any of the neighbouring wildlife.

At the end of the display, the pieces will be donated, returned, reused or recycled.

“Come along and see the imaginative work of volunteers and members of the community,” says Hunter Wetlands volunteer Val Noake.

“You’ll find bees in trees, bears in a boat, five owls in a tree, teddies having tea, flowers on seats and lots more.”

Hunter Wetlands Centre is open seven days a week.

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