Donald Hope Library branches out to community art

Donald Hope library got arty last Friday after the Mayor of Merton, Councillor Martin Whelton, launched of a 6ft tall tree made of paper-mache. Coordinated by local artist Linda Baines, Merton toddlers helped to make the different leaves on the tree, which symbolizes the diversity in the community.

The Church of England funded the project, which started at the Collywobbles Toddler Group and then extended to Priory Primary School and the Donald Hope Craft Club. Members of the Christ Church congregation also contributed to growing this unique and colourful tree, which will be on display at Donald Hope library until September.

Artist Linda Baines says: “This is a wonderful project that brought many members of the local community together. Each one has created something unique that make them feel special.”

Councillor Maurice Groves, Cabinet Member for Community Services, says: “Merton Council congratulates all those who contributed to building this powerful symbol of unity in the community and is urging residents to visit the library to see it. Libraries in Merton are an integral part of the community and provide a range of opportunities, activities and services for all age groups.”