Festive Wreath Making at Jodrell Bank

event_1As the seasons change and we count down the days till Christmas, Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre has been busy with festive activities. Last Saturday, while many visitors where enjoying mulled wine and mince pies in the café, or browsing the gift shop for that perfect present, others where braving the cold to make winter wreaths in a special craft session held on the café terrace.

Together we used natural materials to create an array of stunning festive wreaths based on a traditional willow frame. Each wreath was decorated with a selection of freshly cut, colourful, and fragrant berries, cones, and evergreens, all collected from the gardens at Jodrell Bank.

Our merry band of volunteers had collected the materials that morning and they managed to gather some beautiful red dogwood, evergreens like holly and ivy, and plenty of brightly coloured berries and crab apples. The willow, used for the frames, grows abundantly throughout the site but mostly in the Galaxy Garden and was grateful for the much needed thinning out!

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The arboretum, which is part of the Discovery Centre and open to visitors throughout the year, is home to two national collections of Malus (crab apple) and Sorbus (Rowan & Whitebeam). It was initiated by Sir Bernard Lovell himself, the founder of Jodrell Bank Observatory, who had a passion for biodiversity and especially for trees.

By creating the gardens, the landscape transformed from farmland and open fields to the rich and diverse habitat for local wildlife that it is today. One of the aims of our Heritage Lottery funded project First Light at Jodrell Bank is to engage the public with this important part of Sir Bernard Lovell’s legacy.

A big thank you to everyone who joined us for the event, and especially to our fantastic group of volunteers! And if you couldn’t make it this time, don’t worry – there will be more events and activities in our gardens in the New Year. -Don’t forget to sign up to our newsletter (below) to keep up to date about the latest news and events. See you again soon!

HLF logoThis event was part of our Heritage Lottery funded project ‘First Light at Jodrell Bank’.