Esk ladies warm the trees

Esk CWA tree huggers Patti Jaenke, Pamela Cox and Valerie Mitchelson are making sure Esk’s trees are kept warm this winter. Pictures: JACOB HAYDEN

Members of Esk CWA have been busy knitting cosy decorations for the trees around town.

Patti Jaenke, Pamela Cox and Valerie Mitchelson were out and about on Wednesday, May 1 donning the knitted jumpers on various trees to help the CWA promote its craft fair and the Esk Garden and Lifestyle Fair on June 15.

Mrs Jaenke said the unique project brought people together every year.

“They all love to see these trees, it brings Esk alive,” she said.

“We’ve had people here this morning already who walk past and they go ‘what the heck are you’s doing?’

“We say ‘our trees get cold in the winter, so we must protect them’.”

Mrs Jaenke said the craft fair was a fundraising event for the Esk CWA, which in turn supports the organisation’s community projects.

“Our Craft Fair is in our hall and it’s all home-made professional craft, with inside and outside stalls,” she said.

“We generally make scones, morning tea and salad sandwiches for lunch.”

Make sure to check out the ladies’ work next time you visit Esk.

Somerset Regional Council Deputy Mayor Helen Brieschke welcomed the creative display.

“This has been happening for several years now and is such a lovely sight,” Cr Brieschke said.

“It’s a colourful hand-crafted display that gets people talking in the community and coincides with the popular Esk Garden Lifestyle Fair.”

The decorations will be on display from the start of May through to the end of July.