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Barry used Alnus Imperialis or Cut Leaf Alder to create the Tree Church’s roof canopy and Leptospernum or Copper Sheen for the walls. Other species used to grow the living church include Camelia Black Tie, Acer Globosum, and Thuja Pyramidalis. The Tree Church really does look like a real chapel, complete with benches inside, where people can revel at nature’s splendor.

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While the church itself is a sufficient draw for visitors, there are a variety of other attractions, including three acres of gardens and a Labyrinth. A large canopy constructed with a military cargo parachute and raised with a hydraulic ram provides additional seating and shade. This would make an outstanding venue for a wedding. Tree Church Gardens opens to the public on the 18 October, 2015.

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