Carol Klein kicks off Braunton Christmas tree festival

A Christmas Tree Festival being held throughout this weekend in Braunton was officially opened this morning (Friday) by Gardeners World presenter Carol Klein. The festival at Christ Church runs until Monday and is raising money for both the North Devon an

A Christmas Tree Festival being held throughout this weekend in Braunton was officially opened this morning (Friday) by Gardeners World presenter Carol Klein.

The festival at Christ Church runs until Monday and is raising money for both the North Devon and Children's hospices as well as church funds.

The church is filled with 26 imaginatively decorated sparkling Christmas trees created by the various community groups that meet at the building.

It certainly met with approval from Carol Klein, who lives in North Devon and is well known to fans of the popular BBC gardening show, dozens of whom attended the packed opening.


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"I think it's an absolutely brilliant event, wonderfully organised and you can see a lot of people have devoted a lot of time and hard work to organise it and the whole community ahs really joined in," she said.

"All the trees are brilliant, but my favourite ones are those done by the children because they are so original - plus the Men's Breakfast Club tree, which is probably the most original.

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"The main thing is, people should come along and see it and make a contribution - it's well worth it."

Organiser Monica Jolly was delighted with the opening attendance for the church's first ever Christ tree festival: "It was way beyond expectations, such a good crowd turned out and Carol was a great draw," she said.

"It's a great concept - a few people decorate a little Christmas tree and it becomes part of a whole fantastic event which we hope will raise plenty of money for the charities."

The festival runs until Monday and is free to all, although visitors are welcome to make a donation, to be shared between the three charities.

The festival concludes with the annual Light Up A Life Service for the hospices on Monday at 7pm. Tomorrow (Saturday) and Monday the festival will be open from 10am-4pm and from 1-4pm on Sunday.

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