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Enjoy the senses of Christmas in a Forestry Commission Woodland

Smelling the scent of a real Christmas tree

Nothing beats the smell of a real Christmas tree and what better way to immerse yourself in the wonderful Christmassy scent than by visiting your local Forestry Commission England woodland.

Choosing your Christmas tree is undoubtedly one of the highlights of the festive season, but other than the amazing aroma, what are the benefits of buying real?

Real trees use 10 times fewer materials and five times less energy than artificial trees. And they are completely biodegradable.

We only sell trees that are grown in the UK in a well-managed way and more trees are planted each year than harvested.

All over the country our sales centres are offering a range of fantastic Christmas trees for sale from 26 November 2015.

There are also lots of other exciting aromas you can enjoy in the forest this winter, so why don’t you make a day of it? Escape the hustle and bustle, wrap up warm and head to your local forest to bathe in the scents of Christmas.

Here are Forestry Commission England’s top three winter woodland scents:-

1. Christmas tree – Who doesn’t love the smell of a Christmas tree? It brings back memories of festive family moments and conjures up images of sparkly lights. To help your real Christmas tree stay healthy and fresh this year, follow our top tips.

2. Sweet Chestnuts – The delicious aroma of roasting chestnuts is a true winter delight, and they taste yummy too! Our forests are full of these traditional forager’s treats.

3. Winter air – The smell of crisp, clean, air in the forest is one of the best things about winter. It makes you want to turn your face to the sky and breathe in deep.

To tantalise all of your senses this winter visit our website where we will be sharing our favourite #SensesOfChristmas found in the forest. Throughout December we will be posting lots of fun family activities, along with fantastic festive ideas to help you enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells of Christmas.

And if you’re looking for a more unusual Christmas present this year, give the gift of the Forest with a Discovery Pass annual membership – allowing you to enjoy the changing aromas of the forest though out the year! 


Notes to editor:
Media Contact: Rebecca Ulewicz 
Contact: 0300 067 4107 /

1. 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. Further information can be found at

2. To join the conversation you can follow us on Facebook and Twitter. You can also share your favourite winter forest experiences using #SensesOfChristmas

3. Forestry Commission Discovery Passes vary in price from £20-£55 for annual membership. For more information visit

4. Forestry Commission England sells around 50,000 Christmas trees each year from 25 Christmas tree sales centres.

Christmas tree sale centres:
1. Haldon Forest  
2. Beechenhurst Lodge 
3. Sherwood Pines 
4. Birches Valley, Cannock Chase 
5. Delamere Forest 
6. Moors Valley
7. Alice Holt 
8.  Queen Elizabeth Country Park 
9. New Park 
10. Bedgebury Pinetum 
11. Thetford Forest 
12. Wendover Woods
13. Kielder Forest 
14. Hamsterly Forest 
15. Grizedale Forest 
16. Whinlatter Forest 
17. Rothbury Forest 
18. Dalby Forest 
19. Guisborough Forest 
20. Cardinham Woods 

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!