Christmas Threes – Coming to a tree near you from today

Garden Village wildlife friendly decorations
Garden Village wildlife friendly decorations.

The decorations have been made, the posters and the maps are ready – Christmas Threes, the third edition of local community group #WeMadeThis’ highly popular city-wide Christmas tree trail is just about good to go!

From Saturday 7 December, well over 80 trees in 61 locations right across the city – and little beyond – will be festooned with 1000s of decorations, all handmade with love by over 1000 local people of all ages and abilities. Groups involved are once again many and varied, ranging from nurseries to residential homes, and from craft groups to churches.

#WeMadeThis are particularly pleased to have teamed up with Hull Libraries for this edition of the Christmas trees, and have hosted a making session in 10 of the libraries to create decorations for their trees. The last of these sessions, at Central Library, will take place on Saturday 7 December between 1 and 3pm, where the group will be ‘live’ decorating a tree as part of their tree trail launch.

Di and Megans Star Tree at Hull Royal Infirmary.
Di and Megans Star Tree, Hull Royal Infirmary.

Although the official launch is not until today, some of the trees have already been on show. One of these is the very special Di and Megan’s Star Tree at Hull Royal Infirmary, dedicated to the memory of two former nurses who sadly passed away this year, decorated by their colleagues and friends. The tree went up on Sunday 1 December, in time for the hospital’s Christmas light switch-on. It was an emotional day for all involved, and the tree has already been receiving lots of love, both online and from passers-by. Jackie Elton, who headed up the team for this tree, said that even as they were decorating it “the public [were] loving it and patients [were] waving from the wards.”

Some of the trees this year also have an eco-friendly theme. Louise Cramond of HEY Workshops specifically avoided the use of plastic in the creation of her star-themed ‘tree wraps’ which will cover the trunks of four trees on the corners of the Hessle Road and Boulevard crossing. In Garden Village, the makers focused on providing for wildlife by including handmade bird feeders among their decorations. Other makers, such as Sam Porter, who contributed to the Rainbow Community Garden trees on Endike Lane and Levisham Close, chose to reuse materials for their creations. Of her elves, Sam says: “[they are] made out of recycled rubbish and some random bits I already had. I knew saving 50 odd plastic bottle tops would come in handy.”

Looking back on three years of Christmas tree decorating, Miranda van Rossum, chair of #WeMadeThis, is particularly struck by the commitment and ‘staying power’ of a great number of contributors, and how in some areas, the Christmas tree project is becoming firmly embedded in the community: “On Princes Avenue, for example, all the cafes and restaurants are displaying a bauble garland, and the tree outside Artlink will feature butterfly themed baubles to celebrate the Hull Butterfly Project. These were created by special request at a special making session at Artlink organised by our area team and Liz Heywood of Princes Avenue Community & Traders.”

The tree trail is on until Friday 27 December. If you’d like to go for an explore, tree trail maps are available from the Tourist Information ‘Pod’ at the Paragon Interchange, Hull Libraries, the Hull Royal Infirmary reception and Trinity Market from the 7th.

A downloadable version of the map is available here:

[Miranda van Rossum – Chair #WeMadeThis]