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Fun had by all at Bythams Woodlands Trust Tree Dressing Day




A record number of people turned out for the Bythams Woodlands Trust Tree Dressing Day held at the weekend.

This was the fifth time that the event, held on Saturday, November 24, has been staged.

"We had more than 500 people turn up this year," said Patrick Candler, chairman of the Bytham Woodlands Trust.

"It was the fifth year we have held the event and definitely the best attended so far."

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Koleh Rees with Talitha, Lydia and Esther, Liberty Shrive and artist Jo Schofield Photo: Alan Walters (5618814) Pressing apples are Solene Tsafack and Francois Conrard Photo: Alan Walters (5618816) Grace Basden and Tess Clarke dress a tree Photo: Alan Walters (5618818) Noah Skinner dresses a tree Photo: Alan Walters (5618820) Emily Allwright helps Till Holroyd Photo: Alan Walters (5618822)

Patrick said the Tree Dressing event was a "fun celebration of trees and woodlands" meant to get people outdoors just before Christmas.

"It was a brilliant day all round," he said.

"The weather was chilly but dry and everything went really well.

"The feedback we received was excellent."

He said people had come from as far afield as Market Harborough and Lincoln to participate in decorating the trees.

Following the success of previous Tree Dressing Days, when hundreds of adults and children took part, organisers this year decided to make it bigger and better with lots more going on.

There was no charge to attend and all participants needed to do was turn up, make some decorations and then hang them from the tree of their choice.

All the materials including lights, ribbons, fruit and clay were provided leaving everyone to be as creative as they wanted.

Activities were led by local environmental artist, Jo Hammond.

Hot refreshments including tea, coffee, soup, mulled wine - courtesy of the Friends of the Bythams School - were served.

The Stamford Community Orchard Group (SCOG) brought an apple press and put on activities for children while giving advice on Wassail, Grafting and Pruning.

There was also a celebration of the Charter for Trees, Woods and People, which is the Bythams Woodlands Trust's contribution to a national campaign led by the Woodland Trust to commemorate 800 years of the original Charter of the Forest and to promote the importance of trees and woodlands and all that they offer to improve our quality of life.



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