Trees will be dressed to impress this winter with free festive craft workshop

Woodland craft session at Grimeshaw WoodsTo celebrate National Tree Week (23rd November – 1st December) and Tree Dressing Day (December 7th-8th), children and families will be able to make their own traditional decorations made from woodland materials , to take home and hang on their Christmas tree at a free craft activity session on 30th November.

Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT) is inviting people along to the event at Grimeshaw Wood in Essendyke, Bretton, Peterborough, PE3 8JD to celebrate Tree Dressing Day. This national event aims to encourage the celebration of trees across the country and helps to raise awareness of their cultural and environmental importance.

The event, in partnership with Families First Peterborough, takes place from 10.30am to midday on Saturday 30th November. Children will be able to make their own traditional decorations, including willow stars and wooden baubles, to take home and hang on their Christmas tree.

Forest for Peterborough – Woodland Heritage Project Officer Joseph Durant said: “We want people to really celebrate the woodland habitat which exists in Peterborough. Bretton was built around ancient woodlands that have existed for thousands of years and are a real asset to the community.

“Families will have the chance to explore the ancient Grimeshaw Wood before making crafts to hang on the trees, both in the woods and at home. We hold monthly Craft and Conservation Days on the last Saturday of the month here in Bretton.

“With it being the run up to Christmas we wanted to hold an event so that children could learn to make their own decorations to hang on trees this winter. The decorations will be environmentally sustainable, low cost and great fun to make.

“Woodland trees and plants are an essential decorative feature of most households around the festive season, but we rarely stop to think just how important trees and woodlands are to our everyday life.”

The event is sponsored by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Peterborough City Council.

First mounted in 1975, National Tree Week is the UK’s largest tree celebration annually launching the start of the winter tree planting season. It is a great chance for communities to do something positive for their local treescape.

Tree Dressing Day began in the early 1990s and was founded by environmental group Common Ground with the aim of encouraging the celebration of trees all over the UK, drawing upon ancient lore and tradition such as the Green Man.

The national celebration encourages people to decorate and celebrate their trees, not just their Christmas trees, with ribbons, shapes, lanterns or any other type of decoration that will make them stand out.

For further information email [email protected] or call 07931 924 362.

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Media opportunity: All media is welcome to attend Tree Dressing Day from 10.30am to 12noon at Grimeshaw Woods, Essendyke, Bretton, near Peterborough on Saturday 30th November. For further information call Rachel Wild on 01733 207339 or email [email protected]

Notes to Editor
Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT) is a charity set up following Peterborough’s designation as a UK Environment City in 1992. PECT carries out research and implements practical projects to protect and improve the environment. Our mission at PECT is to lead and support the city in delivering growth and regeneration in a truly environmentally sustainable way. As a successful charity we work with a wide variety of stakeholders to make a difference for our environment – through innovation, enterprise and commitment to action on the ground. PECT has a strong track record of delivering projects of regional and national significance. It has a staff of 35 working on initiatives from green spaces to business environmental management to sustainable communities and lifestyles.