The children from Assynt and Coigach have been very busy along with the local craft group Busy Bees making patchwork squares of their favourite flowers. These patches have been joined together to make a patchwork meadow, a project run by Plantlife.
CALL have been involved along with the Highland Council Ranger service visiting the schools and putting the patches together. The aim is to reawaken interest in wild plants and trees and to remind us to look after our plant-rich fields, bogs, mountains and coasts.
People from all over Europe have been joining in making squares to create a giant patchwork quilt and these patches will be displayed all over Europe.
This is part of a wider project called Wildflower Europe that celebrates rural cultures and landscapes and will be holding wildflower festivals throughout the UK, Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania and Slovenia. The Wild North Festival has helped coordinate events, guided walks and exhibitions up here in Caithness and Sutherland for our Wildflower Festival.
The children enjoyed making these squares and were inspired by the flowers or trees that meant something personal to them. The exhibition went on display at Lochinver Leisure centre on June 21st. The display then moved to Achiltibuie for a week and will then travel to up to Wick.
Once the patchwork meadow display has travelled around Europe it will return once again to for everyone to see. Thanks to the teachers and the children from Stoer, Lochinver and Achiltibuie Primary Schools for making such lovely squares. Romany