The Greerton annual yarn bombing is in for its biggest year yet, with the number of trees being bombed increasing from 40 to 60.
More than 150 adults and children have already begun creating colourful crocheted or knitted sleeves for this year's yarn bombing of cherry trees in Greerton village in winter.
This year the focus was on local charities.
Greerton Village Community Knitters and Yarn Bombers coordinator Carol Power thought that the focus on charity groups increased the number of yarn bombers wanting to get involved.
Each tree would be yarn bombed to celebrate one of the non-profit organisations and the public could vote for their favourite tree with a gold coin donation.
All donations would be evenly distributed to the community groups and special prize would go to the yarn bombers whose tree received the most votes.
There would also be a yarn bomb tree trail activity sheet for children to complete and enter into a competition along with a gold coin donation to the charity groups.
The charities benefiting from the donations were:
St Johns Ambulance
Assistance Dogs NZ
Riding for the disabled
Lady bug Foundation
Otawa Sanctuary Trust
NZ Whales and Dolphin Trust
Open Home Foundation
Toi Tauranga Art Programme for kids
Life guard Mount Maunganui
Wish for Fish
Greerton Village Kindergarten
Saint Vincent De Paul
Tauranga Jazz Society
Kidz Need Dadz
Tauranga Big Band
Bird and Forest