Back in 2005 we decided to organise a local community-
We started to publicise it in The Western Morning News which resulted in numerous phone calls from across the whole of the West Country from Bristol to Lands End. Soon we were sending out details to hundreds of knitters.
Many Saturdays were spent knitting and talking to people at Atlantic Village Shopping outlet in Devon, which was to be the venue for the tree. The idea was to promote interest in the project. This resulted in many holidaymakers becoming interested and soon we had knitters from across the whole of the UK becoming involved.
Magazine interest, word of mouth and the Internet added knitters from across the world. Numbers quickly grew to over 700 knitters with ages ranging from 4 to 102 years of age.
We visited our local schools, sheltered housing groups and got people knitting on the beach in the summer. Such was the interest that a number of new knitting groups were formed.
The tree was successfully displayed as planned at Atlantic Village in November and December 2005 where it raised over £13,000 for The North Devon Hospice.
The following winter it was also displayed at Birmingham NEC, Minehead Festival of Trees and The Eden Project in Cornwall.