Dreaming of a green Christmas in Hamsterley Forest!

Four year old Hannah Jeffery helps the Forestry Commission get ready for its Hamsterley Christmas tree sales, which start on 1 December.The Forestry Commission is gearing up for a green Christmas as it launches its popular Xmas tree sales point in Hamsterley Forest on 1 December.

Hundreds of freshly cut Norway spruce and Nordmann fir will be up for sale daily until 16 December (10 – 4pm) in the 2,000 hectare beauty spot, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham, with cash raised being used to care for the region’s woods.

Adding to the “feel good” factor there’s the knowledge that a real tree uses ten times less energy to produce than an artificial one.

Ranger Neil Taylor said:

“We pride ourselves in offering freshly cut trees grown in well managed woods. Imported trees might have been cut months ago and kept in storage. There’s nothing like the fragrance of the real thing wafting through the home.”

According to the British Christmas Tree Growers Association there may be a shortage of taller trees over six foot this year.  But forest chiefs say bigger spruce will be harvested in Hamsterley ensuring a good local supply.

Groundwork North East is also running a wreath making workshop at Hamsterley on Sunday 9 December, 1pm to 4pm.  The cost is just £5 per wreath. Booking is not required, but children must be accompanied by an adult.

Other sales Xmas tree centres run at Kielder Castle on 8 and 9 December, 11am to 4pm, and at the Forestry Commission office in Rothbury on Walby Hill from 7 to 9 December and 14 to 16 December, 9am-4pm.

For more information on Christmas with the Forestry Commission, tree tips, festive events and hundreds of woodland trails to help you work off the festive excess visit the Forestry Commission website at www.forestry.gov.uk/christmas


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