Knitters at Melksham Oak Community School have been clicking away with needles and wool to yarn-bomb a tree in front of the town hall.

The squad was inspired to add colour to the town with a bit of friendly graffiti in time for Christmas.

After dabbling with yarn-bombing on various items around the school, the knitters set their sights on the tree near the town hall.

Students have spent their free time putting together creations at school and at home.
Head of art Martina Liggins, who is one of the many knitters involved, has been delighted with the support of the community and the festive spirit it has brought.

She said: “The big knit was inspired through this idea of community spirit and aimed to rekindle the art of knitting; literally knitting the community together.

“We have been overwhelmed by support and contributions from people from all walks of life, from those who are new to the area, some who are new to knitting, some old, some young.

“Grandparents have delved into their cupboards and even men have been knitting their socks off.

“We’ve had support from the town council, Asda, the Crazy About Knitting club and hundreds of people who have knitted, donated yarn, needles, time, skills, goodwill and cakes.”

She also thanked Melksham Christmas lights for its help.