A COMMUNITY mask project run by volunteers has been awarded £2,000 to allow more people to get involved.

Unique mask trees providing free face coverings to anyone who needs one are now a common sight around Salisbury and Amesbury.

But thanks to a recent cash boost from the Wiltshire Community Foundation, we could now see even more.

Naomi Betts, who set up the project back in May, said: "Although we're quite treed up in this part of the county there are still many parts of Wiltshire that have no trees at all so this funding is great because it allows us to get more trees set up."

Mask trees, made using coat stands, ladders or actual trees, are regularly stocked up by volunteer sewers.

Although anyone is welcome to take a mask for free, a £2 donation to cover the cost of materials and elastic is recommended.

So far, thanks to the power of social media, 250 trees have been set up across the UK.

One of them can be found at the entrance of Salisbury District Hospital for visitors who come in without one.

However, as the plan is to grow a wider forest, more sewers are needed to host trees and produce masks.

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Naomi added: "We have created packs that people can apply for if they are interested, each contains materials for 50 masks to get them started and then they can put a collection box to fund more masks. It doesn't have to be a permanent tree, it can just be a pop-up one."

Anyone who would like to get involved can contact Naomi via the Community Mask Trees Facebook page.