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Textile Forest takes Root in Sefton!

Local Community Groups are the first in Merseyside to participate in Sew Many Trees Project

Two community groups from Sefton: SING Plus Knit and Natter group and L30 Knit and Natter group have started ‘growing’ their own textile tree as part of a new campaign to reduce waste across Merseyside. The Sew Many Trees project involves unwanted textiles being transformed into a forest of sewn trees. This scheme is the first of its kind on Merseyside and the two groups from Sefton are the project’s first participants.

The project aims to reduce the 22,000 tonnes of textiles which are thrown away each year in Merseyside. Each group taking part will organise their own textile collection to provide the materials for their tree, as well as potentially raising some money for their group/school. As project leader Elizabeth Atherton said: “Participants will gain a greater understanding of opportunities to reduce textile waste from landfill and the potential to generate income by recycling unwanted textiles.”

Both SING Plus Knit and Natter and L30 Knit and Natter groups have received two workshops and are keen to continue knitting more leaves to help their tree to grow. Members of L30 Knit and Natter are creating a memory tree – linking personal remembrance with commemoration of the 1st World War through crocheted red poppies and names of loved ones. As keen knitter Cathy said: ‘We want our tree to be personal to the group so each person is picking names to put on our tree’s leaves

A minimum of twenty-four schools and community groups from across the city region will be engaged through this programme, which is supported by the Merseyside Recycle and Waste Authority through their community fund 2014-2015. MRWA chairperson Councillor Graham Morgan described it as “a really imaginative idea and a great example of… raising awareness about landfill issues.”

The ERN is particularly keen to work alongside local community groups, helping them to discuss local issues and develop as the group desires. And any other community groups or schools interested in participating in the Sew Many Trees project can look on the Faiths4Change website ( or they can contact the project leader, Elizabeth Atherton, at

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Written by Gather

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