GALLERY: St Peter’s Church gardens in Wisbech becomes selfie hot-spot due to wool-wrapped trees and benches

PUBLISHED: 15:32 03 February 2015 | UPDATED: 15:32 03 February 2015

St Peter's church gardens. Wisbech. Picture: Steve Williams.

St Peter's church gardens. Wisbech. Picture: Steve Williams.

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It’s not only people who are wrapping up warm this winter ... trees are getting some extra insulation too.

The trees and benches in St Peter’s Church gardens in Wisbech have been wrapped in wool - and it’s causing quite a stir, with people visiting the park to take selfies.

Father Paul West, who brought the idea back with him from a trip to Lithuania, says the decorated trees have become a “phenomenon”.

He said: “The idea came from when I was in Vilnius, Lithuania, and I saw trees wrapped in textiles there.

“I thought it is a way for children to show their love for the environment and to take care of nature.

“It has been a phenomenon. People are coming to the park and having selfies with the tree. It’s very surprising.”

It is a busy week for the church. On Thursday, a film crew from the Church of England national media office will be on hand to film at the church, which, out of 29 churches, has been chosen to have a short documentary made about it.

Father West said: “In 2012 we were given £100,000 by the Archbishops’ Council and the Church Commissioners for England to develop an arts project in Wisbech, which we have done.

“It’s incredible for the Church of England to choose us for a special film. We are very honoured that they are going to come and have a look at our work.”


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