By Tristan Harris Wednesday 04 December 2013 Updated: 04/12 00:13
A BROMSGROVE church will play host to the town's first ever Christmas Tree Festival to raise funds for the Birmingham Children's Hospital.
Businesses, charities, schools and local groups are all urged to enter a tree, whether it be real or artificial or made of other materials, for example cake or cardboard.
The theme for this year's event, which is being held at Bromsgrove Methodist Centre, is Christmas carols.
Trees will be judged in four categories - individual under 16 and over 17, and groups under 16 and over 17.
Trees can be of any size and may be real, artificial, paper, card or any other material you might choose.
They must be at the centre by 4pm a week on Tuesday (December 17) so judging can take place between December 18 and 22.
The centre will be open from 10am to 2pm each day so the trees can be viewed by residents. During those times coffee and mince pies will be available and it is hoped some choirs will come down to the Methodist Centre to sing some carols.
Entering a tree is free, with all donations will go towards the Children's Hospital.
Organiser Sarah Stanhope issued a rallying call to residents and local groups to take part.
She said: "This is the first year we are trying this and I am hoping it will develop so it gets bigger and better each year.
"All we need is the Bromsgrove community to get behind it.
"Similar events have worked really well in other places around the country and Worcester Cathedral had a wonderful one last year."
An entry form is available from the church or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. They need to be returned via email or to Sarah Stanhope, Bromsgrove Methodist Church Centre, Stratford Road, Bromsgrove, by Wednesday (December 11).
Anyone interested in finding out more or entering a tree can email email@example.com or call 07771 541412.
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