Join this amazing 'commuknitty' project

Tamworth-in-Bloom-forget-me-notsResidents and local groups are invited to pick up their needles and get knitting for a new project to promote this year’s Tamworth in Bloom campaign and raise awareness about dementia.

The new ‘CommuKnitty’ project aims to brighten up Tamworth’s open spaces by inviting people to ‘button up the bark’ of local trees with a knitted ‘tree cosy’, or to knit a ‘forget-me-not’ flower – the Alzheimer’s Society logo - to raise awareness to make Tamworth even more dementia friendly.

The projects will be launched during the St George’s Day celebrations in the Castle Grounds on Saturday, April 20, where people will be able to collect knitting pattern packs, including wool and knitting needles, from a stall located in the grounds or the Community Together CIC hub at Tamworth Activity Centre.

The tree cosies and forget-me-nots will all be knitted in yellow and blue wool, the colours associated with our Dementia Friendly Communities. You don’t have to be an experienced knitter as help is at hand to show individuals how to knit.

Schools and local groups are also invited to join the project and get knitting before the deadline of June 1. All knitted items are to be returned to the CIC hub, ready to be displayed before the Tamworth in Bloom judging day in July.

This year’s Dementia Action Week starts on May 20 and will include a special ‘Come Knit with Me’ event on May 25, where volunteers from CIC will be seated in the Castle Grounds, ready to give hands-on knitting lessons and tips.

The knitted forget-me-nots will be tied to cards containing useful information about dementia and hung around the town this summer for people to collect.

Lee Bates, Project Coordinator for Community Together CIC, said: “We hope to get Tamworth knitting in this great initiative as part of Tamworth in Bloom 2019. The tree cosies, along with the forget-me-not knitted flowers, will not only brighten up the Castle Grounds in yellow and blue colours representing Dementia Friends, but will also show, in a colourful way, Tamworth’s commitment to creating a truly dementia friendly town. 

“This project is open to everyone, whether you’re an experienced knitter or would like to learn knitting for the first time; our volunteers can get you started. Community Together CIC is proud to do our part and hope Tamworth wins gold in its 10th Year.”

Tamworth Borough Council is celebrating this year’s Tamworth in Bloom campaign with the theme of ‘Blooming Tamworth’ – More than just flowers; with the focus on celebrating everything that is great about Tamworth including its community, events and history.

This year everyone is also invited to help us sow the seeds for success by taking part in ‘The Big Sow’ in the Castle Grounds during the St George’s Day activities on Saturday April 20.

People are encouraged to join in with the free ‘Blooming Tamworth’ arts and crafts workshops taking place in Ankerside Shopping Centre between 10am and 3pm where they can pick up seeds to plant along the riverbank. Then meet the Tamworth in Bloom team at 2pm by the outdoor gym in the grounds and they will take you to the designated planting spot.

As Tamworth is looking to strike gold for the tenth year in a row in the Heart of England in Bloom competition this year, the pressure is on to maintain the high standard of previous years.

Businesses are invited to join in by sponsoring a display; banners, planters, troughs and flowerbeds are all available for branding with the names of supporting companies.

To get involved in this year’s Tamworth In Bloom campaign, or for more information on sponsorship packages, email Environmental Management from this link or phone them on 01827 709445.