It was a bright, crisp winter day in Eastcote House Gardens as children took part in an annual tree dressing event.

Choirs from Warrender School in Old Hatch Manor, Ruislip and Field End Infants School in Field End Road, Eastcote, sang carols to a crowd of people who had gathered at the grade II listed stables on Saturday.

Then it was time to decorate the tree with youngsters climbing ladders and being hoisted in the air by parents to hang baubles, tinsel and other hand-made Christmas decorations on one of the trees in the Gardens in High Road Eastcote.

The annual event was organised as part of National Tree Week, and took inspiration from nature charity Common Ground, who initiated Tree Dressing Day in 1990 to show the importance of trees across the country.

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The Eastcote House Gardens tree dressing will not return until 2015, after refurbishment and building work has been completed. The Gardens received a grant of over £1.2million from Heritage Lottery Fund this year to improve and restore the stables, dovecote and walled garden and to build new toilet and cafe facilities on the former grounds of Eastcote House.

The Mayor of Hillingdon, councillor Allan Kauffman, who put the first decoration on the tree, said: “It has been lovely to be here today and to see so many people come out for it, it's a real sense of community.”