Face masks "growing" on trees around Salisbury

Face masks "growing" on trees around Salisbury

Published by Jack Deery at 12:31pm 21st May 2020.

3 minute read

Local people are making them to make sure anyone who needs a mask has access to one.

Trees, fences and coat stands around Salisbury are popping up with face masks in plastic bags hanging from them.

People are being encouraged to take one and make a small £2 donation to cover the costs of materials. 

Local help group Salisbury Makers Hub, who have distributed over 1,500 of them to key workers across the city, have been putting the masks up, after one of their members suggested the idea. 

Face masks Trees around Salisbury
Many of the "trees" have popped up at different locations around Salisbury, Amesbury and surrounding villages

Naomi Betts set up the first one in Amesbury and then encouraged the rest of the group to do the same. 

There are now 29 in the city and surrounding areas, including one in the Secret Garden behind the Police Station at Bourne Hill, Salisbury: 

Naomi told Spire FM:

"I cannot quite believe how much it's taken off and how many sewers are continuing to do so, they've done weeks and weeks of scrub making and their lounges and spare rooms have been turned upside down but they haven't tired. 

We are actually a little bit overwhelmed by the demand and can't keep the trees full but we've looked at some of the numbers and thought even if one tree only provides 30 masks a week, with our 29 trees that's 870 in our communities."

The sites are restocked each Monday. 

All the masks are made by volunteers, put into a clear plastic bag and then hung from the "trees" for people to take. 

HELP NEEDED

Naomi is now appealing to the public for some help to make this initiative even more successful. 

She wants anyone that can sew or cut out masks to help stock them and also anyone to host "trees" to improve access to the public. 

Naomi added

"I'm happy to give advice and guidance on what it involves and how to set up a tree and then our Facebook page can be used to advertise where that tree is so that people can get access to it.

I have also put some DIY kit instructions on the page as well for any keen sewers."

You can find out more by visiting the Community Mask Trees Facebook page

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