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. We hope that you will be inspired to take part.

Taking Part

In January 2021 we will supply plywood butterfly blanks to participating groups and individuals. These will be free of charge with a general guideline of one butterfly per person as we would like each butterfly to be a very personal reflection on the year.

One side of the butterfly can be decorated to individual choice by whatever means is available. We can supply felt-tip pen home kits if necessary. Use your imagination to produce something unique! We would like the other side of the butterfly to be used for a message, a few words or just to record a name.

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

What happens then?

After we’ve collected the decorated butterflies, they’ll be varnished by a team of volunteers. The installation will be created in the spring – at the end of February or early in March – and we hope to make it a community event.

The butterflies would subsequently be found a permanent home elsewhere.


The project is open to anyone in the local community.

The following organisations have already been contacted directly:

  • 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.


If you or your organisation would like to participate please let us know by 7th December, telling us how many butterfly blanks you would like. This will enable us to place a firm order with our supplier.

You can register your interest by email to easingwoldbutterfly@gmail.com or by ringing 07526 107448 and leaving a message with your contact number.

You can also use the contact form below:


The project is being funded by the North Yorkshire ‘Stronger Community’ Fund through an application made by Easingwold Community Library. If you would like to make a financial donation to the project to enable the creation of even more butterflies please get in touch using the contact details above.