A Thousand Butterflies

In partnership with the Co-op and Easi-Works (Autism Plus) we are running a community art project over the winter. Our aim is to create an art installation under the Community Library’s willow tree consisting of 1,000 colourful butterflies.

The installation will be a reflection of the year 2020 and how its challenges have affected us all.


The project’s first stage involved inviting people to participate and is completed.


Stage Two begins early 2021 when we will supply 1,230 free plywood butterfly blanks to the groups and individuals who registered to take part.

They’ll be invited to decorate one side of their butterfly to their individual style by whatever means they have available and we hope that they will use their imagination to produce something truly unique. The other side of the butterfly is for a personal message of remembrance, hope, inspiration, love and friendship. A verse, a thought, a quotation or just a few words – the choice is theirs.

The butterflies will be supplied and collected in an appropriate manner observing all COVID-19 rules current at the time.

PROJECT UPDATE: January 2021

1,230 butterflies have just fluttered into Easingwold. They all arrived safely, they look beautiful and are now waiting to be decorated. Unfortunately, due to the COVID lockdown, the project will be delayed and we are now looking at a summer installation.

The original plan was to ask people to pick their butterflies up from the library and then return them after decoration. Because the library is closed for the time being we are looking at the alternative of picking up and returning butterflies at a safe location in Easingwold so that people can decorate them during the current lockdown.

If this proves possible we’ll provide further advice. Otherwise we’ll have to await the easing of restrictions and then invite people to pick up their butterflies from the library when we re-open. Thank you for your patience


After we’ve collected the decorated butterflies they’ll be varnished by a team of volunteers. The installation will be created in the summer and we hope to make it a community event.

The butterflies will subsequently be found a permanent home elsewhere.


Nearly 1,200 people have registered to receive a butterfly to decorate. The art project was open to anyone in the local community and the following organisations received a direct invitation to participate:

  • Primary Schools.
  • All toddler and pre-school groups.
  • All residential and care homes.
  • The University of the Third Age (U3A).
  • St. Monica’s Hospital.
  • All local organisations and clubs such as the Lions etc.
  • Easingwold and District Community Care Association (EDCCA).
  • Local churches.
  • The Boot Shop, Hesley Group, Mencap etc.
  • Local Women’s Institutes.
  • Local youth organisations – COZIE, guides, brownies, scouts, and cub scouts etc.
  • Local businesses through Wold Class.
  • The Tourist Information Office.
  • The Freemasons.


The project is being funded by the North Yorkshire ‘Stronger Community’ Fund through an application made by Easingwold Community Library, and by donations from generous businesses and individuals to whom we are grateful.