Deck the Halls!

Green Christmas cheer at Middleton Hall’s wreath-making workshop

Article taken from the Northern Echo

Garden waste from Middleton Hall’s grounds has been put to festive use by eco-minded staff, residents and their families at Middleton Hall.

A wide range of sustainably gathered plant material from the Hall’s 40 acres of gardens and woodland was used to create over 20 Christmas wreaths.

Families and residents from across Middleton Hall Retirement Village made the traditional decorations at a seasonal wreath-making craft session led by the Hall’s grounds staff.

The wreaths will now add a festive feel to doorways and corridors as Christmas celebrations take hold of the retirement village at Middleton St George near Darlington.

Middleton Hall’s Head Gardener, Thom Robinson, said that the workshop had been a huge success.

“We all had great fun. We always love getting people across the village together and it is extra special when it’s at Christmas.”

The wreath-making workshop was carefully tailored so that it was accessible for anybody who wanted to take part.

Thom added: “It was designed to be inclusive so everybody was able to feel the sense of satisfaction that comes from making something.

“Over 90% of the materials used were from the grounds including leylandii, holly, laurel and blackthorn and sloe cuttings. We’ve had a glut of cones and the holly has nice, lush, red berries this year so the wreaths looked stunning.

“The wreath structures we used were stored from last year’s session so the event was also totally waste-free, which perfectly reflects Middleton Hall’s environmental ethos.”

Everybody enjoyed mulled wine and home-made mince pies as they worked which were provided by Middleton Hall’s Orangery restaurant.