A cedar tree which was blown down by Storm Arwen two years ago at Rydal Mount has been turned into works of art.

The tree was originally planted by the poet William Wordsworth, who lived at the address in the 19th century.

Visitors to the Rydal Christmas Fair this year will have the chance to buy the items created by wood craftsman Jonathan Leech.

Christopher Wordsworth Andrew, the great great great great grandson of the poet, said: "We are really pleased to be working with our neighbours at Rydal Hall to create an opportunity for so many local craftspeople to display their work.

"And it’s wonderful that Jonathan Leech will be here with his wood craft - we gave him some huge slices of the fallen tree and we are thrilled with the results."

The Westmorland Gazette: Christopher Andrew, a descendant of Wordsworth, at last year's fairChristopher Andrew, a descendant of Wordsworth, at last year's fair (Image: Cumbria PR)

The pieces of art include, candle holders, key fobs, and pens and pencils.

There is now the chance of an aspiring 21st century poet using a pencil from Wordsworth’s garden to create new work, following in the footsteps of one of the greats.

The fair, taking place on the weekend of December 2 and 3, is being shared with Rydal Hall, making it one of the stand out events of the year for the local community.

Stalls featuring local crafts and gifts will be at each location, along with food and drink, Christmas music and – weather permitting – the Rydal Mount fire pit in the garden.

"We are sure that Wordsworth, an early environmentalist, would approve of this up-cycling," Mr Andrew added.

The fair will run from 10:00am until 4:00pm on the Saturday and Sunday, and tickets – to cover attendance at both locations – can be bought in advance for just £5 including free parking here.