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.

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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.

Yarn bombing in Greerton, from 2013.
Yarn bombing in Greerton, from 2013.

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:

Shakti

St Johns Ambulance

SPCA

Historical Society

Assistance Dogs NZ

Turning Point

Cancer Society

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

Adult Literacy

Deaf Aotearoa

Wish for Fish

Greerton Village Kindergarten

Salvation Army

Arohanui

Multicultural Society

Stroke Foundation

Waipuna Hospice

Aged Concern

Alzheimer's

Saint Vincent De Paul

Tauranga Jazz Society

Centrepoint

Zonta

Kidz Need Dadz

Tauranga Big Band

Tauranga Volunteers

Bird and Forest

Grief Support

Red Cross

Victim Support

Heart Foundation