All these beautiful creations were original and different, and would look stunning on any front door, but when Twelfth Night arrives they all had one thing in common they were all 100 per cent compostable.
We've not long to go now before Christmas Day, and front doors up and down the land will now be decorated with magnificent garlands capturing the spirit of the festive season. They do look fun to make, though I'll admit I've never done it myself, a point brought home to me recently when I was bowled over by the efforts of children from my local primary schools.
I'd been called in to lend my support to judge a Compostable Garland Competition, and what a difficult job it was. Clearly these school children are far too creative for their own good! The aim of the competition was to create Christmas garlands from natural and recycled materials, and everything had to be compostable. No wire. No sticky tape. And definitely no glitter or lights.
Many of these garlands were cleverly constructed from woven stems of willow or dogwood, with the same supple wands being used to tie in sprigs of evergreens, conifer and festive favourites like holly and ivy.
Berries and seasonal fruits added colour. Angels were created from beautiful honesty seed heads. Stems were woven into stars. Eggshells were painted to form decorations. All these beautiful creations were original and different, and would look stunning on any front door, but when Twelfth Night arrives they all had one thing in common they were all 100 per cent compostable.
Those primary school children taking part in this competition not only had the fun of creating something beautiful from natural materials collected from their gardens and school grounds, but they also learnt about the value of recycling and composting. Let's hope this lesson sets them on a lifetime of recycling. That's the basis of good gardening, after all.