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College’s tree stands tall in Attingham Park’s Tale trail

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Our students were commissioned by Attingham Park to make decorations for one of the estate’s 12ft outdoor Christmas trees, forming part of their ‘Tale trail’, one of the many activities at the park this holiday season.

The stately home and gardens near Shrewsbury has a number of themed trees this year for guests, themed after classic fairy tales and stories, where families need to match the tree with the story. Upon completion of this £4 Tale trail, participants will take home a cuddly gingerbread man.

Our students’ tree was themed around the tale of Robin Hood, with laser cut signs, hand painted wood and glass decorations, as well as felt hats.

Each student who took part from the creative studies BTEC level two and three programmes was given free family vouchers for entry to the grounds, allowing

Students stand next to their creations

them to visit their creations, the 18th century house and the rest of the 4,640 acres that fall under the property.

The trail runs until January 7, as well as other attractions such as the “All That Glitters” in the house, relaxed SEN sessions and a brand new, synthetic ‘ice’ skating rink.

Anna Bartlett, creative lecturer at Telford College, said: “The students enjoyed the challenge as it was a fun addition to their course and part of their work experience.

“Some of the staff and students have already been around the display. Their vouchers allow them to visit up to January 7. I am excited to learn that we may be asked to celebrate our work at Attingham Park at other times of the year as well.”

Flora Holdsworth, experience and visitor programming manager at Attingham Park, said: “The decorations have stood up well despite the snow and rain in the past week and are still looking great!

“Telford College’s students have a done fantastic job and we are really grateful to them for their hard work and creativity, and are absolutely delighted with the tree.”

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