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'We're dreaming of a green Christmas.' Hunstanton students get creative with festive tree



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Students at a West Norfolk secondary school have been dreaming of a "Green Christmas" - by making a tree out of recycled materials.

The environmentally friendly festive decoration was created by Year 7 students at the Smithdon High School in Hunstanton.

The creation used materials including chicken wire, cardboard, old school postcards, string and wool.

Smithdon High School students and staff with their Christmas tree made from recycled materials (53867491)
Smithdon High School students and staff with their Christmas tree made from recycled materials (53867491)

It was put on display at the Hunstanton's Christmas Tree festival, which featured more than 30 different trees decorated by organisations from the local area.

The recycled tree was voted by visitors as a winner at the event at Hunstanton Town Hall, with third place going to Smithdon.

The whole of Year 7 was involved in making the tree, with each student making a star and putting a message on the back for everyone to read, while a smaller group helped to set it up in the town hall for the festival.

It was on show along with other imaginatively decorated trees over a weekend in December,

Julie Bowyer, pastoral manager for Year 7, said using recycled materials to create the tree reflected a central theme this year at Smithdon High School, which has seen increasing numbers on its roll and growing demand for places.

Head of school Amanda Gibbins said: “It was great that the festival was able to take place again this year.

“It is not about winning for us - we are proud that Smithdon was once again able to create a different kind of tree, while the students were able to get involved with an important event in our local community."



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