A GARDEN centre in Oxford hosted a festive fundraiser to pay for a new home for its resident parrot.

Cutteslowe Horticultural Therapy Nurseries wants to build its parrot Allie a better enclosure, and organised a lantern parade and Christmas-themed workshops to raise money towards the bird's new home.

The event took place on Saturday night, at its base in Cutteslowe and Sunnymead Park, starting with a parade complete with fairy lights and fake snow.

Attendees enjoyed food from the pizza oven, drank mulled wine and ate mince pies, and took part in Christmas craft and wellbeing workshops.

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Paper star garlands, painted decorations, wreaths and tree bunting had different dedicated art stations, and there were also classes on chair yoga and stress-busting techniques.

All lanterns used in the parade were made by families at the after-school family art club at Cutteslowe Community Centre, where the route began at 5.30pm.

Allie the parrot is one of the birds that lives in the not-for-profit garden centre's tropical bird, butterfly and reptile house, near the duck pond.

There is also currently a forest of Christmas trees for sale, as well as door wreaths and crosses.