Get to know the community groups behind the Christmas trees

See ten beautiful trees in Killerton's chapel, Devon

Killerton's outdoor Christmas trail will lead you to a Victorian chapel, among towering trees with twinkly lights. Inside, ten beautifully decorated trees will greet you, each by local organisations and communities. Make the chapel part of your festive visit. Here's some information about the wonderful groups involved this year.

Broadclyst Community Primary School

This school has worked on many joint projects with Killerton. The 9-10 year olds participate in a ‘living history day’ at the house each year and perform for the local community, and the children regularly visit and take part in choir concerts for their families and enjoy taking part in long distance running and nature trails around the grounds.
The tree has been decorated by children from Year 3, aged 7-8, at Broadclyst Community Primary School. The children decided on a Victorian theme, looking at traditional homemade decorations and picked colours in keeping with tradition.

Jan Tillet

Local textile artist Jan Tillet hosts creative textile workshops and social sewing (Coffee and Cloth) days in Tiverton and beyond. This year the ladies have centred their tree on the theme of ‘home’. This theme was chosen to reflect the fact that we want our homes to be a place of comfort, particularly in the festive period.
Jan and her team have also been involved in the beautiful Narnia transformations in the house, created using a variety of techniques – patchwork, machine embroidery, hand embroidery.

Broadclyst Brownies and Girl Guides 

The Brownies and Guides love helping out at Killerton. They have been involved in the farmers’ market and in Killerton's 2014 Christmas season, where they helped show visitors around the property and grounds. They were also involved in the cider and apple festival, and have helped pick the apples two years running.
For their tree, the Brownies and Guides wanted their ethos to be reflected in the decorations they made. They looked for inspiration in many different places, to tie in with their philosophy of trying new things.  

The Carousel Project 

The Carousel Project brings new and exciting creative learning experiences to early years children and their families. Local professional artists, specialising in interdisciplinary early years arts, work collaboratively to engage young children and their families through highest quality creative arts sessions, based around the exploration of stories.
The Carousel Project has worked collaborately with Killerton on a range of family focused activities and events.

Bradninch WI

The ladies of Bradnich WI wanted their Christmas tree to encompass the Edwardian period, so nestling amongst the grand toy soldiers and peaceful angels they designed, created and hand-crafted one-hundred candles of all sizes and textures to commemorate the Centenary of our Women's Institute this year in 2015.
Their tree exhibits the spirit and glitz of a very special birthday - celebrating the WI's 100 years of inspiring so many women.

Hikmat Fit and Fun Club

Hikmat Fit & Fun Club is one of Hikmat Devon’s Activity Groups. Hikmat Devon supports people from minority ethnic communities across Devon, aiming to reduce isolation and improve health and wellbeing. Fit & Fun Club is a group that aims to bring people from different ethnic minorities together through sport and dancing exercise.
Their Christmas tree centers on the theme of thinking together and reaching out to everyone for unity and solidarity.

Magic Carpet 

Magic Carpet is an Exeter based charity that uses creative activities such as arts, music, games and drama to further the education of children and adults who have physical, learning or mental health difficulties, to assist them to develop their physical, mental and spiritual capacities to enable them to grow to full maturity as individuals and members of society.
Magic Carpet have been involved with Killerton previously, working collaboratively with Broadclyst Primary School to create seed pod sculptures for an illuminated walk. 
For theChristmas tree, they asked those with learning disabilities for their ideas, and they have created many Christmas decorations with a strong focus on glitter.

Broadclyst WI

Broadclyst WI celebrated its fifth birthday in September 2015. The ladies are a small, close-knit group and have done everything from fund-raising, to talks of local interest, demonstrations, food and drink, craft and tap-dancing.  
Their tree takes the theme of the centenary, using the WI colours of purple and green, with a festive touch of gold.
This year the NFWI has celebrated its centenary. Formed in 1915 the WI aimed to revitalise rural communities and involve women in food production during the First World War. Since then the organisation's aims have broadened. It plays a unique role in providing women with educational opportunities, the chance to build new skills, to take part in a wide variety of activities and to campaign on issues that matter to them and their communities.

The Knitting Tent 

Artist Lisa Tricoteuse runs creative intiatives across Exeter.
In 2014, The Knitting Tent helped 'yarn bomb' the apple tree in the orchard at Killerton for the cider and apple weekend, inviting crafters to make items to add to the project. It was a great success and a wonderful collaboration between Killerton staff and volunteers, The Knitting Tent and international and local knitters.
Alonsdie the Knutty Knitters, the tree is less traditional this year and incorporates some of the leaves made for the apple tree yarn bomb. 
Killerton's chapel is open every day of the festive season so don't miss your chance to catch these beautiful trees.
Christmas at Killerton open daily from 21 November until 3 January, 11am-4pm with last entry 30 minutes before closing time. The house is closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. The park and garden are open every day of the year, from dawn til dusk. Gift Aid admission prices: £11.20 (adult), £5.60 (child) and £27.90 (family).