WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - A local tree-loving organization will be showing the community's affection for trees this week in a different way.
It's called yarn-bombing, and the West Lafayette Tree Fund will hit at least 70 trees near campus with this loving form of graffiti.
Yarn-bombing, or guerilla knitting, is usually used to raise awareness of city street trees.
"Each tree will have a tree hugger and a card that imparts the thought that these trees are loved, they matter, they're paid for with donations, and that they're best in one piece," Greenspace Administrator Beverly Shaw said. "Yarn bombing has been done in hundreds of communities, but never, to our knowledge, with the goal of deterring vandalism. We hope this awareness campaign will reduce the number of broken trees."
Participants will include messages on the trees along the lines of "Future home of chubby squirrels" and "I can magically turn sunlight into food."
"Volunteers have been working hard to knit and crochet the sweaters for the trees," West Lafayette Tree Fund Chair Lynn Layden said. "We hope our colorful efforts won't go unnoticed and people realize how much these trees mean to everyone."
Everything from time to materials was donated to the project.
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