Students create tree-ific addition to Treefest 2016

Students with their creation at Treefest

City of Bristol College will be represented with a Christmas tree at this year’s Treefest, a fundraising event at St Mary Redcliffe Church.

The charity festival, now in its third year, welcomes hundreds of trees as well as accompanying music in the church throughout the week from local schools and community groups.

Among the festive forest is a tree from the College created by Towards Employment students – all full-time learners with learning difficulties – who worked on their tree at the College’s South Bristol Skills Academy.

Tutor Mhairi Cornish tells us more: “Students worked incredibly hard on the Treefest tree.  It’s made from recycled materials from different areas in the College, along with a mixture of affirming messages to leave visitors with a positive experience. Students really enjoyed making the tree and it’s great to bring them here today so they can see their creation among so many wonderful trees.”

College student Bradley Walker, 19 years old, said: “I liked doing the positive messages. We thought of them and found them on the computer.”  Student Aimee Banfield said: “I did the robin on the top. I enjoyed doing it.”

Last year TreeFest raised £5,000 for charity - this year's charities are Bristol-based Mothers for Mothers, which supports women who have suffered postnatal depression and St Mary Redcliffe Church outreach programmes.

Event organiser Marcus Ashman said they are hoping to make even more this year while providing a fantastic festive show: “Treefest is a spectacular visual display of Christmas trees set in the Gothic splendour of St Mary Redcliffe Church in the run-up to Christmas.  

The event runs from December 9 to December 14. There is no entry charge, but visitors are invited to make a donation to the nominated charities. For more details, go to

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