Police get festive with community Christmas tree at Hardwick Hall

COMMUNITY bobbies got into the festive spirit this week by decorating a Christmas tree in the grounds of Hardwick Hall.

PC Tony Bagshaw from the local Safer Neighbourhood team joined other local groups in decorating trees on Friday (December 2).

The police tree was topped off with a force crest as the star.

Hardwick Hall invited 20 schools and groups from the local community who they worked with throughout 2010 to decorate trees.

PC Bagshaw, of the Glapwell Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “We regularly work with the staff at Hardwick Hall as it is a big part of the community we serve.

“We are pleased to have been invited to take part.”

This is the second year they have run the project which is part of the National Trust’s community engagement initiative to involve the local community in Christmas.

Jo Rawson, Community Learning Officer at Hardwick Hall, said: “We had such a positive response to the idea last year that we decided to run it again this year with double the amount of trees.

“We hope lots of people will come and visit us over the Christmas period and look at all the hard work and imagination that has gone into the different decorations.”

For more information about community events your local Safer Neighbourhood team is involved call 101 or visit the website www.derbyshire.police.uk.