Festive rural competition

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Frances Beeston and her pallet elves.

Repurposing old pellets into novelty outdoor Christmas decorations has been a sideline hobby for Mid Canterbury Rural Support Trust welfare co-ordinator Frances Beeston.

She has made a number of small figures including a Father Christmas, elves, a snowman and Santa’s workshop, which will be given to her parents in Ashburton for use in their garden.

The pieces have involved many hours work but the results speak for themselves with brightly-coloured, tinsel wearing Christmas figures to lift the spirit.

And she is still planning a big on-farm piece timed for the Christmas in the Paddock competition being organised by Mid Canterbury’s Farming Families.

It is going to be a three metre high pallet Christmas tree, she said.

It will sit in a paddock on the farm and a photograph will be uploaded to the competition Facebook page to give inspiration to others to enter the competition.

Farming Families is made up of a group of farmers and rural professionals to organise events to uplift and create stronger relationships in the community and beyond.

The novelty competition is their latest event and encourages farmers, workers, landowners and families to get creative and make a decorative Christmas-themed scene for their farm paddocks.

Photographs of scenes can be emailed to farmingfamilies4u@nullgmail.com or uploaded to the @farmingfamilies4u Facebook page for entry in the prize draw.

“It could be made out of anything, haybales, re-purposed drums, the sky is the limit!”

Farming Families have a Fern and Feta platter prize up for grabs to the lucky winner.

The competition closes on December 20, and the winner will be drawn on December 22.