CHILDREN with special needs taking part in a Christmas sustainability project have enjoyed a special trip to Chester to see the fruits of their labour.

Post 14 pupils from Winsford's Hebden Green School took part in the project to design and make eco-friendly Christmas tree decorations, in line with their science and geography topics.

Using natural materials such as twigs and leaves, as well as wool and fabrics, the children created a variety of beautiful decorations.

And on Thursday (November 30), the students were taken to Chester Cathedral, where their decorations were on display at its Christmas Tree Festival, which raises funds for the British Red Cross.

Northwich Guardian: Pupil Lily Fletcher making a mosaic tilePupil Lily Fletcher making a mosaic tile (Image: Hebden Green School)

Teacher Faye Bye, who joined the pupils on the trip, said: "We were delighted to take a group of Post 14 students to Chester to see their tree and decorations proudly on display.

"Some of the pupils had not been to the cathedral before and they communicated their delight at the sights, smells and sounds that they encountered.

"The students enjoyed listening to the organ recital whilst absorbing the magical festive atmosphere."

Northwich Guardian: Hebden Green pupils at Chester CathedralHebden Green pupils at Chester Cathedral (Image: Hebden Green School)

Music teacher Vicky Ormerod-Jordan added: "The pupils are working on an accredited music award, which required them to listen to live music.

"We were thrilled we had the opportunity to listen to an organ recital in such a beautiful building with amazing architecture. All the pupils were listening intently throughout.

"We are extremely grateful to Jen Stratford, education officer at Chester Cathedral for making the trip possible, helping us with our every need.

"This meant the cathedral was fully accessible to all our pupils, whatever their need."

Northwich Guardian: Trees at the Chester Cathedral festivalTrees at the Chester Cathedral festival (Image: Hebden Green School)

One pupil, Sam Dale, aged 18, enjoyed the trip and said: "I like listening to music."