Firstly I would like to thank you all – regular readers and passersby – for all your visits to The Mad House this year. This blog would be nothing without you and your regular contributions – via the comments, your conversations with each other and the community that has built up – mean so much to me. The blog will be 10 years old in 2022 and in internet years that makes it practically Dickensian! I look forward to connecting with you all again next year and wish you all peace of mind and rest. Read on to learn about this ethical wool tree.
This tree, by the way, was created by the ethical floral artist Jake Kuit, of Kuit Flowers in Shoreditch, who partnered with Native Places aparthotels to create this 11ft Christmas ‘tree’ from British wool and natural materials. It is decorated with natural materials including 44 kilos of washed British wool, cotton stems and recycled dried hydrangeas. Jake used British wool specifically to highlight this locally grown, fully sustainable material, that is natural, renewable and 100 per cent biodegradable.
The wool will be returned to British Wool after the holiday season to ensure there is no wastage. It will go on to be used in educational packs for activity clubs, schools, and farm open days, to inform school-aged children of the environmentally friendly benefits of choosing wool products.
Decorative re-used baubles and fairy lights complete the display, which will remain in the lobby of Native Bankside until the New Year.
But then I also couldn’t resist this book tree which I saw on Twitter via Giles Paley-Phillips who found it via Lancaster Library. And believe me when I say I spent a good few minutes staring at my own shelves to see if I had enough green books to do the same. I haven’t.