Carving the detail on one of the apples that will feature on the tree
Hereford Cathedral is appealing for donations to help raise £70,000 for a major new piece of public art.
A massive stone apple tree is to be set flat into the ground in front of Hereford Cathedral, as part of a £5m redevelopment of the area.
The Very Reverend Michael Tavinor said; "The cost of creating The Apple Tree is a great deal of money, but I believe we can get there."
Heritage Lottery is supporting the wider regeneration of Cathedral Close.
Canon Sandy Elliott, from the cathedral, helped design the work, taking inspiration from the carol "Jesus Christ the Apple Tree", written in 1784 by Joshua Smith.
The apple tree will be made by Forest Pennant, a stone and masonry company based in the Forest of Dean.
It's due to be completed by October 2010.