Lancashire residents deck the halls

A social enterprise in Lancashire hosted a workshop to show residents how to craft their own unique decorations from the garden this Christmas.


Newground, a subsidiary of Together Housing Group which specialises in environmental services to regenerate local communities, held a drop-in

workshop at Offshoots Permaculture Project, a community garden based in the old walled kitchen garden of Towneley Park.

Daniel McDermott, Education and Training Coordinator at Newground, said: “Christmas is the most magical time of the year but unfortunately, it’s also the most wasteful as we get through thousands of tonnes of wrapping paper and cards, not to mention excessive packaging on gifts.

“One way you can reduce your festive impact on the environment without being a Scrooge is to make your own Christmas decorations from natural materials found in the garden.

“From natural wreaths made from willow, holly and ivy to twig trees using branches from the garden, with a little imagination and flair, garden materials can add a special touch to festivities without costing the earth. Not only is it a fun way of bringing the family together but the decorations look wonderful and smell amazing.”