Julie Peters with some of her wreaths

A Lichfield teacher is branching out with a new venture which stems from her love of making crafty creations with her pupils.

Julie Peters with some of her wreaths

Julie Peters has worked with local primary school youngsters on innovative creative projects – a move she has inspired her to launch a new online business, Country Marketplace.

The 52-year-old, from Yoxall, said she was looking forward to turning her hobby into something more formal.

“I’ve always made Christmas wreaths for friends and family,” she said. “I thought that this would be wonderful way to prolong that festive joy and keep the memories of treasured family time together alive through all the four seasons.

“I’m a strong believer in embracing creative fun as an inspiring way of teaching as well as helping mould young minds to develop a love of education.

“I love seeing the children I teach getting so enthusiastic and involved in the STEM projects, and I really enjoy creating with them too, so that inspired me to launch my own creative venture.”