Highland Grove has been designed to celebrate the trees of the Scottish Highlands, and in particular, the trees being planted by Trees for Life, an environmental charity based in the north of Scotland. It has become so important to reforest and rewild the Highlands in order to help mitigate the effects of the climate crisis.
One of the areas where tree planting takes place is Glen Affric which lies west of Loch Ness. My family and I have been holidaying here for more than twenty years, and it’s so wonderful to know that this stunning area is being cared for and managed in such a sensitive manner.
There are five trees indigenous to Scotland in this design: Scots Pine; oak; aspen; birch; and dwarf willow. Three unique colour schemes have been chosen, with complimentary handle and lining fabrics. The Woolly fabric has been machine knit using Jamieson's of Shetland Spindrift 2-ply jumper weight wool. The cotton and linen lining and handle fabrics come from Scottish Linen in Kirkcaldy and Fabric Focus, my local sewing shop in Edinburgh.
Inspired by the work that Trees for Life undertakes, Woolly Originals has now set up a Trees for Life Grove where trees can be purchased for planting in the Highlands. For each Highland Grove Medium project bag sold and for every two Highland Grove Small bags sold, one tree will be paid for to be added to the Woolly grove. Also, Woolly Originals will be offsetting any flights by purchasing additional trees. For example, as I will be flying to New York next week, I have bought 12 trees to offset this.
The project bags will be first available to purchase at the Unravel Yarn Festival from Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd February 2020. Thereafter, they will be available online.