A Christmas tree festival thought to be the largest in England is aiming to break its own record by having over 1,378 specimens this year.
The festival at the newly refurbished St Mary’s Church in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire attracts visitors from all over the UK to see the trees which are created by schools, charities, community groups, businesses and individuals.
St Mary’s Parish Church is the largest parish church in the Leicester Diocese. It is a grand cruciform church with transepts and a crossing tower of scrubbed limestone. Dating mainly from the 13th-15th centuries, it is built on a plan more usual for cathedrals and the 100-foot tower dominates the town. It is a rare example of a parish church with aisled transepts (one of only five in the country) a feature usually found only in a cathedral.
The festival is now in it’s 15th year and runs from Friday December 1st until Tuesday December 5th.
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