Larmer locals lend a hand!

Larmer locals lend a hand!

A magical tree will soon spring up in the Gardens, one previously spoken of only in legends, The Larmer Tree, and even better community groups have been crafting to make it look blooming marvellous for this year’s Larmer Tree Festival!

The tree was created last year to celebrate the 25th festival by Circus Kinetica, an award-winning arts collective from Sussex, renowned for creating wind powered installations and large interactive sculptures. The whole idea was to recreate a magnificent landmark tree which is said to have stood in the Gardens from as early as the 10th century and given them their name. Each and every year this beautiful creation will be added to by a different group or individuals, growing the tree in new and magical directions.

This year, the tree is truly blossoming! Larmer Tree Festival and Lost and Rambling Collective, who’ll be performing at the festival, have gone out into the local community to create art with groups to adorn the magnificent tree sculpture. Working with Sixpenny Handley First School, Bourne Valley Nursery School, The Regard Partnership and the festival’s official charity partner Julia’s House Children’s Hospice, beautiful, individual withy flowers have been created with each group.

Anna Harriott, Larmer Tree Family and Arts programmer, says she loved crafting with the teams, “We’ve worked with 150 people, from children to adults, and I’ve been blown away by the creativity on display. Each group has their very own unique style and has made something fantastic.”

Anna continued to explain why she feels the project is so worthwhile, “It’s really important to the Larmer Tree Festival team that we get out and about into the community and celebrate the arts, especially encouraging young people to get involved. Maybe one day some of the budding artists we’ve seen this week will join the local artist who contribute to the festival’s wonderful art installations? We hope so, and can’t wait to see the beautiful community creations displayed at this year’s festival!”

*Photo thanks to Sixpenny Handley First School.