Portlethen Tree Festival

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Portlethen Parish Church is currently hosting its 5th annual Christmas Tree festival which has already raised over £1000 for MND.

It is the last year at the forefront of the festival for the church’s minister Rev Dr Flora Munro who is retiring at the end of the year.

The festival has raised funds for a different charity each year and last year over 600 visitors came to see the trees and more than £1000 was raised for Alzheimer’s.

This year the church is filled with 27 trees, including a prayer tree, a nativity room and different decorations from around the world. The church is open from 1:00pm till 8:00pm every day for anyone that wants to go along to see the trees.

They are sponsored by schools, businesses, groups and organisations in the community at a cost of £30 per tree.

The festival will end on Tuesday, January 5 - the 12th night of Christmas.

Rev Munro said that she was grateful to those who had helped make the festival possible and to everyone who had made donations.

She said: “It’s a wonderful reflection of Christmas and of what this time of year is really all about.

“We very much appreciate everyone who has sponsored a tree and everyone who has worked the rota to keep the festival going.

“It’s a community venture and it’s what Christmas is about learning to love and live with each other.

“The purpose of the festival is to open our doors and offer a place of peace and sanctuary to the whole community during the festive season.”