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For the past thirteen years, the Forestry Commission at Kielder Water and Forest Park in Northumberland has provided London’s Houses of Parliament with its spectacular Christmas tree, positioned at the base of Big Ben for all the world to see.
On Saturday morning (29 November 2014), the Westminster Christmas tree arrived at the Houses of Parliament on a huge truck all the way from Northumberland.
Kielder Water and Forest Park provides some of the UK’s biggest Christmas trees and many have already been transported across the country to take pride of place in towns and cities, from Kings Lynn to Worcester and Manchester to Kingston upon Thames.
Trees from Kielder are also delivered to Westminster Hall and the Speakers' Apartments.
With the annual arrival of the Westminster Christmas trees in London, the Christmas tree sales centres across the Forestry Commission are getting ready to start their sales to the public.
There are Forestry Commission Christmas tree sales centres right across England, offering a variety of trees that are grown in the UK in a well-managed way, including trees that are FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified.
To find a full list of sales centres in England and their opening times, purchase a Christmas tree online or check out top tree tips on keeping your tree fresh and healthy over the festive holidays visit www.forestry.gov.uk/christmas. This page also has details of the many Christmas activities and events that are taking place in forests across England.
Notes to Editor
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 www.forestry.gov.uk/england
2. Norway Spruce Christmas Trees can be purchased from the Forestry Commission online, as well as from sites across the UK, details available from www.forestry.gov.uk/christmas. All trees are FSC (Forest Stewardship Certified) and delivery is free. All orders can be placed now with delivery available from Monday 1 December 2014 to Thursday 18 December.
3. For details of Christmas events at local forests across England, visit www.forestry.gov.uk/christmas
4. Media contacts/ image requests:
Katrina Podlewska, Forestry Commission, firstname.lastname@example.org or 0300 0674030
Richard Hector-Jones, Creative Concern, email@example.com or 0161 236 0600