Community Christmas trees fill the cloister

The popular Christmas tree festival returns as 26 twinkly Christmas trees fill the cloister with a festive atmosphere. Each tree has been decorated by a local community group or charity.

Close up of a Christmas tree being decorated at Lacock Abbey in Wiltshire

Lacock Abbey’s beautiful medieval cloister will be filled with Christmas trees decorated by local community groups and charities.

You will see some creative, unusual and unexpected Christmas decorations, often handmade by the groups during meet-ups and craft sessions, embracing their favourite Christmas memories and themes. Twinkly lights add a warm glow, creating a peaceful festive atmosphere in the cloister walks and rooms.

Community groups taking part this year include Lacock WI, Dorothy House, Riding for the Disabled and Lacock Youth Club among others. Visitors can learn about the work they do and what inspired the tree decorations, and will be invited to vote for their favourite tree.

Doorway Project Wiltshire work with homeless and marginalised adults and their women’s group made paper decorations: “We have had so much fun remembering what we used to make as children and getting our heads round the skills of origami. The paper chains of women holding hands represent how we support each other and give each other strength.”

‘The care and detail that goes into making the decorations is astonishing, a lot of thought goes into them, often linked to the makers own experiences. I love reading the stories that accompany each tree – to me it really brings to life the spirit of Christmas and of coming together,’ says Kristine Heuser, who works for the National Trust. ‘The Christmas tree festival took a break last year, so we are so excited to see the cloisters transformed again and to welcome back the local groups, including a few new faces.’