THE BATTLE will soon be under way to find the most tree-mendous Christmas tree at All Saints’ Parish Church in Leamington.
There will be a host of decorated trees – each sponsored by a local business or charity – for visitors to admire at the tree festival running from Saturday December 9 to Sunday December 17.
And Father Christopher from All Saints’ Church, Warwick District Council chair, Coun Sidney Syson, and BBC Midlands Today presenter Mary Rhodes will be spending an afternoon judging which one deserves an award for being the sparkliest, the most upcycled and the one with the best back story.
The Enchanted Tea Room in Leamington has also donated a special ‘Tree of Remembrance’. There will be hearts for people to fill in with the name of someone special to hang on the tree.
The trees are supplied by Smith’s Nurseries in Baginton and are potted so that they can planted out or used the following year.
A charity can sponsor a tree for £40, businesses for £50. Those who sponsor a tree can either keep it after the festival or gift it on.
This year the festival will be fundraising for local charity Helping Hands and Elijah’s Rest, a support group for vulnerable men.
Lianne Kirkman, Director of Helping Hands, said ‘We are delighted to be taking part as it’s an opportunity to meet and engage with people and talk about the work we do at Helping Hands supporting some of the most vulnerable people in our community.‘
To sponsor a tree email [email protected]
Entry to the festival is £2, and free for under 18’s.