Saint Margarets' lobster trap Christmas tree remembers community's loved ones

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SAINT MARGARETS – Residents of the north side of Kings County no longer have to drive far if they want to see one of P.E.I.'s growing number of trap trees.

A Christmas tree made of lobster traps can be seen standing tall at St. Margaret's church on Northside Road this holiday season. With fishing being a prominent industry across P.E.I., the public is invited to hang buoys on the tree in memory of their late loved ones.

Fisherman Caeman MacDonald spearheaded the initiative with some help from his father and fellow parishioners. Since its construction, he estimates about 80 to 100 buoys have been hung on the tree.

"We got quite an array up there."

While the gesture is similar to those that were constructed in Tignish a few years ago and in Murray Harbour this year, MacDonald notes their tree has been in the works for a while. He figured the church was a good spot to construct it as many of the community's loved ones would have been buried at the nearby graveyard.

"If there's anyone who wants to put one up that hasn't yet, they're more than welcome to do so," he said.

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Daniel Brown, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Guardian