Community Groups from across the Bolsover district have been joining in the Christmas spirit at the National Trust’s Hardwick Hall by decorating Christmas trees in the garden.
The 20 six-feet tall Norway Spruce trees form a colourful avenue lining the walk from the Gatehouse to the entrance of the Hall.
“The Community Trees have been a wonderful way of involving our local people in Christmas at Hardwick”, said Community Learning Officer Jo Rawson.
“Each tree has been decorated by a different group that we have worked closely with throughout the year.
“Many have made their own decorations to reflect the theme of their group and we’ve had some amazingly creative decorations made by children and adults alike. All the trees look absolutely spectacular and are well worth coming to see.”
Groups who have decorated a tree at Hardwick include Bramley Vale School, Derbyshire Police, Bolsover District Council, Tibshelf Infants and the Rotary Club of Bolsover.
Scarcliffe Primary School got creative with decorations made from recycled bottles and the Connecting Families project made wreaths and decorations made from bottle tops and old CDs.
Chesterfield and District Neighbourhood Watch carried on the recycling theme with the most imaginative use of disposable cups and Chesterfield Football Club adorned their tree with scarves and socks.
Creswell Crags created an Ice Aged Christmas tree, topped with a pre-historic mammal, and the Limestone Journeys project used luggage labels in a way never before seen.
Other trees were decorated by Heath and Holmewood Art Group, Bolsover Cycling Club, Derbyshire Fire and Rescue and Tibshelf Rainbows and Brownies, leaving the remaining trees for our very own Wildlife Watch and Youth Rangers groups and the volunteer team at Hardwick.
You can come to see the trees at Hardwick’s Christmas open weekends on December 10, 11, 17 and 18, between 11am – 3pm.