The Citizen, Thursday, 4th, November 1999
I See Trees

HALLOWEEN couldn't have been a better time to use the ancient tradition of Tree Dressing to brighten up Preston's Winckley Square.

Using multi-coloured ribbons of paper, volunteers from local colleges and environmental groups decorated the small park to mark Esso National Tree Week.

Tree Dressing events are most frequently held in autumn, to celebrate the gathering of harvest, or at Midwinter Solstice on December 22.

Originally used during agricultural and religious festivals, the custom is now performed at weddings and on special occasions.

This year's Esso National Tree Week was the 25th organised by the Tree Council, which is also celebrating its silver jubilee. In Preston, Myerscough College, the Council for the Protection of Rural England, several tree sculptors and musicians joined in the Tree Dressing fun
organized in association with Preston Borough Council and the Friends of Winckley Square.

There was Halloeween face painting for the kids. The adults could delve into the future with Omar, a Romany clairvoyant.

By Stephanie

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