Pomeroy is truly buzzing with young and old alike getting creative and producing items for the Pomeroy Woollen Woods event planned for later in year (subject to Covid- 19 regulations). This activity forms part of the Connecting Pomeroy project, supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB), and led by Mid Ulster District Council.

Michael Kelly from Rural Action who are responsible for the Community Engagement aspect of the Connecting Pomeroy project stated; “We are hoping local community groups, schools, craft groups and households get involved and create hundreds of beautiful creations over the summer months, which will be displayed in the Pomeroy Forest during the Woollen Wood event later in the year.”

Woollen Woods is a public art project that invites people to create woodland creatures made of wool and display them in quirky outdoor art installations. Keen knitters and crafty artists create wonderful woollen characters and tapestries, which they leave sprinkled within the woodland, waiting to be found. Art pieces can be made out of a range of materials and various sizes. All creative art pieces should relate to the theme for this year of Bees, Butterflies and Bloom. Art pieces should be made with materials suitable for display in the forest and be able to withstand are inclement weather (wind and rain). Thanks to Peace IV funding, for those residing in the Pomeroy area, craft packs containing items to assist crafters in making items for the Woollen Wood are available from Rural Action.

The Connecting Pomeroy project is supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). Delivery of the initiative is being spearheaded by a community partnership and co-ordinated by Mid Ulster District Council. Match-funding has been provided by the Executive Office in Northern Ireland and the Department of Rural and Community Development in Ireland.

For further information on the Woollen Woods event or to register your interest in a craft pack, please contact Rosemary rosemary@ruralaction.co or Michael michael@ruralaction.co or contact the Rural Action office on (028) 8648 0900.