St Mary Redcliffe Church in Bristol is hosting a charity led Christmas tree festival raising money for charities supporting some of Bristol’s most deprived communities.
As well as supporting its own initiatives, ‘Treefest’ will see the church donating to Young Bristol, a community club that run youth services in and around Bristol’s most challenging areas.
John Viney, one of the co-coordinators of Treefest, said “the organisations that we attract are in Bristol, with a focus on improving both community life and well-being of individuals.”
The event has a large focus on Bristol as a community, encouraging charities in particular to enter trees.
“We have organisations exhibiting this year focusing on the sick, the bereaved, the vulnerable.”
There are 86 participants this year including Avon and Somerset Constabulary, Amnesty International, and Bristol’s Deaf Children.
Treefest is always a very successful event, attracting around 4,000 visitors a year, and has raised £5000 in each of its previous years, with the target this year being even more.
The popularity is down to the variety of entries and the opportunity to use trees to advertise charities and causes.
This years highlighted participants are Nessy Learning, a Bristol charity that runs programmes for dyslexic children learn in their own way.
Other entries come from Milestones Trust Textile Group, who help those living with dementia, and Mothers for Mothers, who support those with prenatal depression.
The trees involved aren’t always generic trees, there are a number of entries that are made of various materials, from metal to cardboard.
BS3 Repair Cafe in Bedminster have made their tree solely out of recycled items.
Dan Tyndall, the vicar of St Mary Redcliffe and founder of Treefest, said “We hope that Treefest helps us all to understand more about the the amazing work being done around the city to celebrate life in all its fullness.”
Treefest is running from 6th-11th December and is open from 10am-5pm daily.
The event is free to attend, with donations highly encouraged.