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The Forestry Commission has proved its Christmas trees are Premier League standard, with Grizedale Forest in the Lake District supplying the tree for Manchester City’s Football Club’s Eastlands stadium.
The 60-foot tree is just one of the many that the Forestry Commission supplies to towns and public places across the North West and country wide.
This year, Grizedale Forest is supplying over 100 civic Christmas trees, bringing the green spirit of Christmas to Liverpool and Lancaster and as far away as Plymouth.
Mark Birchall, for the Forestry Commission at Grizedale, said:
“We’re very proud to be supplying the tree for as big a club as Manchester City, as well as so many other public places across the North West and countrywide.
“There’s no substitute for a real Christmas tree and Grizedale is one of the few places in the country that can provide trees big enough for large venues such as the City of Manchester Stadium.”
For people who don’t have the space for a 60-foot Christmas tree in their living room, the Forestry Commission will be selling a range of more modestly sized trees at its sales centres at Grizedale and Whinlatter Forests in Cumbria.
Grizedale trees are on sale now between 10am and 4pm and prices start at £15. Buying direct from the forest guarantees a truly sustainable tree, as the Forestry Commission plants at least one other tree for each one harvested.
People can do their Christmas shopping in the Forest too, as on 12th December Grizedale will be hosting a Christmas market with unique local handcrafts and gifts for sale.
People in Manchester, Merseyside and Cheshire can shop for their own real Christmas tree at Delamere Forest, the largest Christmas tree outlet in the North West.
Trees are on sale now from Delamere’s Whitefield Car Park until 19th December, between 9am and 4.30pm. Late night openings will be available on the 10th and 17th of December until 8pm.
It wouldn’t be Christmas without Santa, and he will be in his grotto during the weekends of 4th/5th 11th/12th and 18th/19th December from 9am - 5pm and also from 4pm - 8pm during the late night openings.
All of the trees have been well-managed. Around 50,000 real Christmas trees are sold by the Forestry Commission every year at its 21 sales centres, and for every tree harvested, at least another one is planted.
For more information on where to buy real Christmas trees in your area, visit www.forestry.gov.uk/northwestengland There’s also lots of tips about how to pick the perfect tree and look after it, as well as Christmas tree traditions, forest walks, bike rides and festive events.
Notes to editors
The Forestry Commission is the government department responsible in England for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woods and forests and increasing their value to society and the environment. Forestry makes a real contribution to sustainable development, providing social and environmental benefits arising from planting and managing attractive, as well as productive, woodlands.
Forestry Commission England sells around 50,000 Christmas trees each year from 25 Christmas tree sales centres.
What are the advantages of real over fake Christmas trees?
- Real trees are a renewable resource – another tree is planted for every one harvested
- it has been estimated that real trees used 10-times less basic materials and 5-times less energy than artificial trees
- real trees are totally biodegradable and can be recycled and made into compost
- real trees are the traditional option and also provide a Christmassy scent
- growing real Christmas trees helps sustain the UK rural economy and provides jobs
Why you should you buy a real Christmas tree from the Forestry Commission?
- The Forestry Commission only sells trees that are grown in a sustainable manner in the UK - for every tree harvested another is replanted.
- Environmental factors are considered carefully on sites where Forestry Commission trees are taken from.
- The Forestry Commission endeavours to provide excellent quality trees, with good needle retention, in a range of species including the traditional Norway spruce, dense, bushy pines and shapely firs.
- The large number and choice of species displayed on site provides a very good range to select from - your ideal tree will be there somewhere
- Many of our sales centres offer much more than just buying a tree, but a whole Christmas experience, with a Santa's grotto, and a whole range of activities for both little and big kids to get into the festive spirit!
For a comprehensive picture of the benefits of real Christmas trees from the Christmas tree sales sector as a whole please contact the British Christmas Tree Growers’s Association on 0131 664110.
Tim Gill on 01229-862008 or 07867-501390 or alternatively Sarah Bruce on 01229 862011.