Yarn bombers get in the Valentines spirit in Wallington

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People of Wallington won't be able to help but get into the Valentine's Day spirit this year, after a team of yarn bombers struck on Woodcote Road.

The loved-up knitters have produced more than 100 hearts made of wool and placed them outside the British Heart Foundation, Your Local Guardian reported.

Wanda the Witch is the leader of the guerrilla knitters and is hoping that locals will take the hearts and then sell them to raise money for charity.

While the true identities of the group remain unknown, they left a seasonal poem with their knitted offerings.

The rhyme read: "The Woolly Coven of Carshalton, have worked together to say, to all people of Wallington, here’s to Valentine’s Day.

At the British Heart Foundation, there was a covert operation, 200 woolly hearts to share, you can buy them to show you care."

However, safety wasn't far from the minds of the charitable knitters, adding a caveat that people must be careful of the dressmaking pins used to attach the hearts.

In addition to bringing a bit of love to area at this time of year, the hearts also help to raise awareness about the work undertaken by the British Heart Foundation and the sadness losing a loved one can cause during this special occasion.

This isn't the first time the Woolly Coven of Carshalton have picked up their yarn for charity either.

Your Local Guardian explained that last year the group knitted 60 ducks for Carshalton Bridge's Jubilee celebrations, followed by a giant swan for the Olympic torch relay. Pumpkins were also produced for Halloween at the Honeywood Museum.

Yarn bombing is becoming more and more popular in the UK, with seemingly mundane streets receiving a quirky makeover.

Zoo volunteers on the English Riviera recently joined the craze, decorating a local tree at Living Coasts in Torquay, the Herald reported. The plant in question was covered in yarn and knitted sea creatures, which hung from branches and wound their way around the trunk.

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