For the past 50 years the Bellingen Girl Guides have been making the Anzac Day wreaths. For the last 15 of these years, the girls have been carefully mentored in this practice by Local District
Manager and Unit Leader Kristin Collier.
This year was no exception.
The initial stage involves weaving the Bracken Fern with
string to create the circular base.
The girls showed me the tradition of ‘stamping’ on the base to flatten it before soaking the bases overnight in preparation for the next stage. On the 24th April, the flowers, which have been donated by local gardeners, are carefully woven into the fern to create the varied masterpieces.
The wreath making is a fund raiser for the Girl Guides. This year they have been commissioned by 23 local community groups for wreaths.
Tomorrow the girls will proudly march in the Anzac Day Ceremony and sing the New Zealand National Anthem. The guides feel that it is only fair that the New Zealand contingent of the Anzac is represented, but it may also be because local unit leader Jodi Kelly is a Kiwi.
Well done girls!!