Wimborne Minster’s “Plastic Free” Community Bunting

You may have noticed that beautiful fabric bunting has appeared above the streets of Wimborne Minster. In an exciting new partnership project supported by Wimborne War on Waste (WWoW) and the Wimborne Minster Town Council many incredible crafting volunteers have been busy making 4,000 flags from upcycled, donated and recycled fabric to make 1,000 metres of reusable bunting which will stay up all summer and be used again next year!

The original idea to adorn the town with bunting quickly developed into a community project and celebrates what can be done by local volunteers, led by the fabulous Barbara Beaves and Pat Hymers, when we rethink and reuse rather than simply buy single use plastic bunting! WWoW has proudly led the community in Wimborne Minster to become the 2nd town in Dorset (and 32nd in the UK) to have achieved the ‘Plastic Free’ community status (Surfers Against Sewage award), which means that many residents, businesses, community groups and organisations are now actively engaged in trying to reduce their use of single use plastic.

Special thanks must go to all those volunteers who generously donated fabric and made so much beautiful bunting for this project – we hope you can spot yours! We would also like to thank Barbara’s ‘team’ who enjoyed the community making days at the Town Hall – Linda Brazier, Rosie Hobbs, Judith Finney, Linda Bunting, Sarah Wise and Gilly Pantlin.

If you would like to get involved in future similar community projects please email wimbornewaronwaste@gmail.com and follow us on Facebook.