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Lego bricks festive fir stands 8m tall

At eight metres tall and made of more than 300,000 bricks, it is not the sort of Christmas tree Santa Claus is likely to miss.

Model-maker Katrina James took great care as she leaned out from a cherry-picker and slotted into place the bright yellow star for the top of the tree at Legoland in Windsor.

The Lego tree (right) took six modelling experts four weeks to construct. Brown bricks were used for the trunk, along with different coloured green bricks to create the branches and leaves.

It was built in sections that were then manoeuvred into place, and the tree has been festooned with hundreds of twinkling lights.

The star itself took Ms James six days to create and the finished article is made from 2,790 bricks.

Despite its proportions, Legoland's tree is not the biggest ever. That honour goes to one at London's St Pancras Station in 2011, which was 12.2 metres high.