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Twelve Trees of Christmas

This December, twelve inspiring sustainability tales are being told across twelve Christmas trees at Watergate Bay. Weaving stories of ghostly fishing gear and lobsters delivered at dawn, seeds fit for a queen bee and coffee beans traversing the oceans.

We’ve called on friends, partners, charities, suppliers, and our team to share their stories on a Christmas tree. A feast for the senses, inside the hotel, restaurants, and outside on Sea Lane, seek out each one for yourself.  

Discover our Twelve Trees of Christmas

You can also use the QR codes on the trees to read their stories.

Once the Christmas season is over and the decorations have been packed away, Beach Guardian will put our trees to good use, planting them out as part of erosion defence projects across Cornwall’s dunes and beaches. 


Christmas Tree BH (1) Christmas Tree BH (1)

1. The Beach Hut

In The Beach Hut

Where the idea was born

Plucked from the rocks, pearlescent mussel shells find their second life on The Beach Hut’s tree. All following a good rinse after the moules marinière sauce.

This is where our Twelve Trees of Christmas idea began. We wanted to share our après surf, shoreside restaurant’s Sustainability Promise, a commitment to serve people and planet. It covers a host of points, from minimising waste and cooking in harmony with nature’s rhythms, to growing a happy team and cleaning without chemicals. 

From here, we saw our Twelve Trees as a chance to share the many stories of how we collaborate with are committed to making a real, tangible difference across the hotel. 


Beach Guardian Tree (1) Beach Guardian Tree (1)

2. Beach Guardian

On Sea Lane 

Reused, remade, reimagined

Riding high from last year’s repurposed ghost-tackle display on Sea Lane, the Beach Guardian team is back to spread its sand and sea health messages. 

Bringing the younger generation in on the action, Andy from Beach Guardian will be heading up recycle and remake sessions in Kids’ Zone, teaching little hands how to make decorations from washed-up materials. Children can choose whether to take them home or hang them on the branches of the Beach Guardian tree.  


Christmas Tree Land&Water Christmas Tree Land&Water

3. land&water

Swim Club 

The great outdoors distilled

Crashing waves and lungs of fresh air, shoreline meanders and bracing sea dips – land&water was born from a love of being out in the elements, and bringing the outside in through naturally-minded bath and body products. 

Breathe in the botanical aromas of citrus, star anise, cedarwood and more; learn more about the considered ingredients and their properties and share what the great outdoors means to you by hanging a message for others to see.


National Lobster Hatchery Tree National Lobster Hatchery Tree

4. National Lobster Hatchery

On Sea Lane

A potted history

As proud supporters of the National Lobster Hatchery, we’re handing over a space on Sea Lane to open visitors’ eyes to the delicate work of maintaining the future of this highly valued species. 

After taking part in their Buy One Set One Free campaign earlier this year, we’re keen to keep sharing their responsible fishing and consumption message. That's why we only use the fresh catch brought to our kitchens from our trusted local fishermen, straight from the pot.  


Christmas Tree Origin Christmas Tree Origin

5. Origin Coffee Roasters

The Living Space 

A feast for the sense 

Follow your nose and discover Origin’s aromatic display in pride of place in The Living Space, a spot where thousands of guests have savoured one of their ethically sourced, small-batch brews. 

Alive with flavour, scent and a backbone of sustainability – Origin’s tree is a sensory experience. Combining baubles bursting with coffee beans, and origami decorations crafted from Origin’s beautiful tasting cards, guests are encouraged to get up close, and breathe in the deep flavours of their Christmas bean blend with notes of clementine, marzipan, and hazelnut chocolate – while learning a little more about this inspiring B Corp’s journey. 


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6. One Blue Eye

On Sea Lane 

Plastic reincarnation 

Plastic, plastic everywhere, and One Blue Eye’s been having a think… 

Born from a burning need to do something positive with the microplastics washed up on our Cornish shores, Matthew Nott collects, processes and transforms unwanted plastics that might otherwise linger in our oceans into whole new objects – from hand planes to plant pots. 

This Christmas he’s putting his transformational skills to work, reforming beach-washed microplastics into vivid decorations for his Sea Lane tree. 


Kids Zone Christmas Tree Kids Zone Christmas Tree

7. Kids' Zone

In the games room

Where imaginations come to roam 

The tree in Kids' Zone shows what’s possible when you give scrap a second chance with a focus on resources diverted from landfill for art, play and education. We’re getting crafty and repurposing old decorations and making new from old.


Beach School Christmas Tree Beach School Christmas Tree

8. Kids' Zone – Beach School

On Sea Lane

Play wins the day

The team has been busy piecing together a tree to tell the story of the shipping container full of Lego that was washed onto Cornish shores in 1997. There will also be decorations to represent Beach School and forest school-inspired beach sessions which teach survival skills and highlight ocean conservation. Think wood whittled hangings, seaweed art, microplastic inspired decorations, shells and pebbles.


Christmas Tree EW Wines Christmas Tree EW Wines

9. Ellis Wharton Wines

Zacry’s on the sea wall

Stocking sustainable cellars

Every drop in your glass from E W Wines has passed the scrutinising gaze of this sustainably-minded wine merchant. Sourcing from small independent growers using organic methods, and biodynamic or vineyards with sustainable practices, it’s no surprise that EW Wines is one of the few sellers in the UK to achieve B Corp status. 

Tasked with creating the new wine list for Zacry’s on the sea wall, it’s only fitting that the Ellis Wharton team has dressed the new restaurant’s tree – we'll raise a glass to that.  


Team Christmas Tree Team Christmas Tree

10. Watergate Bay team tree

In The Living Space dining room 

Together around the tree

Wild and natural, our woodland winter scene has drawn together the skills, passion and enthusiasm of team members across the hotel. From maintenance’s woodworking skills, to our chefs’ clever gingerbread architecture, and our event team’s handicraft magic, this display represents the daily passion our team brings to their roles, and the joy we find in working together. 


LP Christmas Tree LP Christmas Tree

11. Laurent-Perrier

The Living Space snug 

A sparkle that lives on

Satin ribbons and blown-glass baubles, innovative Champagne house Laurent-Perrier's tree in The Living Space snug is suitably special – designed to mimic the bubbles in your flute while singing their impressive eco credentials. 

Just like their attention to soil and terroir, each aspect of Laurent-Perrier's tree has been carefully considered, from their eco-glitter-dipped corks right down to the biodegradable wrapping paper. Laurent-Perrier will be hosting Champagne tastings as part of our Festive Nights line-up.


3 Acre Blooms Christmas Tree 3 Acre Blooms Christmas Tree

12. Three Acre Blooms

Front desk

Bee, Blooms, Wildflower Seeds 

With her gentle touch on the Cornish earth, organic flower farm Three Acre’s Emily Talling is drawing on the nature at hand – just seven miles from Watergate Bay – to create this natural bloom and bee inspired tree. 

Teasel and lunaria crafted bumblebees hang next to strawflower and dried flower garlands fixed with plant-dyed ribbon. As a further salute to our pollinating friends, guests will be encouraged to pluck the manilla packets of wildflower seeds to take home and scatter in their own gardens. 

As a proud owner of five new hives, Emily is shining a light on the value and importance of bee communities, and encouraging people to plant more flowers as part of the Feed the Bees campaign. 

MEET EMILY 

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