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RHS Wisley Christmas Tree Exhitibion - updated!

Competition Help Needed!

The Royal Horticultural Society Garden at Wisley holds a ‘Christmas Tree’ exhibition in its Glasshouse in December. Local organisations are invited to submit designs and the winners decorate a tree on site to be part of the exhibition. Throughout December the visiting public is invited to cast a vote for their favourite tree.

This year the theme is “Imagine you are an elf living in a tree-house in the woods. What decorations would you put on your Christmas tree? Take inspiration from plants, trees and woodland creatures”.

North Downs Outdoor Explorers Club were set the challenge by Mrs Ottaway, who selected three designs to enter into the competition. Wisley were to choose five winning designs from five different Surrey Primary Schools, and as you may have guessed by now, we are thrilled to say that one of the North Downs entries was selected -

           so huge congratulations to Benji (Toucans) on his winning design!

Members of the Outdoor Explorers Club will go to Wisley at the beginning of December to decorate their tree based on Benji’s design - and this is where your assistance comes in please…

To ensure we have enough decorations for our tree, each year group will be making decorations. We need your help collecting the following materials – as many of each as possible: 

  • Sticks that are as thick as a little finger and about 10cm long 
  • Sticks that are a thick as little finger and 15cm long 
  • Conkers, all sizes 
  • Sweet chestnut cases

Also, any glittery ribbon or string that you can supply would be very much appreciated.

Please bring your collected ‘forestry’ to school from Monday 5th November onwards. We can’t have too much material from which to choose, so anything you find will be gratefully received.

Finally, if you are visiting Wisley in December, do call into the Greenhouse to see the North Downs Tree and cast your vote. Once again, well done Benji and the Outdoor Explorers Club!

Thank you in advance for your ‘foraging help’, from

Everyone at North Downs


And here is the winning tree.......