A NATURE reserve is appealing to keen knitters to help them create an iconic literary scene this winter.

Located near Stockton, RSPB Saltholme is asking for their help to recreate Mr McGregor’s Garden from Beatrix Potter’s beloved story, The Tale of Peter Rabbit.

The charity is appealing for knitted vegetables and 50cm squares of brown, knitted soil to help finish off their display.

Woolly scenes of classic stories – including Wind in the Willows, The Gruffalo and Peter Rabbit – will be placed around the nature reserve for people to find throughout January.

Dave Braithwaite, Saltholme site manager, said: “Last year’s yarn bombing event was such a success with talented knitters from across the region sending in their wonderful creations. January’s yarn bombing event promises to be even bigger and better, with the addition of yarn bombing story weekends which will see Saltholme’s favourite storyteller, Chris Connaughton return to the reserve to captivate and enthral our visitors.

“Those wishing get involved can bring their knitted creations to the reserve throughout December and early January to help us create a woolly wonderland ahead of our yarn bombing events in the New Year.”

Patterns are available from the reserve and creations should be dropped off at the visitor centre on Seaton Carew Road, Port Clarence.

Yarn bombing story weekends with Chris Connaughton will take place on Saturday, January 13 – 14 and Saturday 20 – 21.