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Forestry Commission donates some Christmas cheer to sick children in the West Midlands

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The Forestry Commission at Cannock Chase is donating a giant 35ft Christmas tree to Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

It is the 12th year that a tree from Cannock Chase has been donated to the hospital, which is treating around 250 children for a wide range of illnesses. The tree was grown on the West Midlands site and is 20 years old.

Andy Coggins, Forestry Commission visitor services manager at Cannock Chase, said:

“We are very happy to be able to support such a wonderful place as the Birmingham Children’s Hospital. We just hope that our tree helps to make the children at the hospital a bit happier this Christmas.”

When the tree arrives, on November 16, it will be put in the front entrance of the hospital. A special ceremony will take place later in the month when one of the children staying at the hospital will be invited to switch on the lights.

Malcolm Faulkner, head of fundraising community services at Birmingham Children’s Hospital, said:

“I think it is a wonderful donation by the Forestry Commission, particularly in this day and age. It is the 12th year they have donated a tree to us, which is fantastic – the children really look forward to it coming.”

The tree will be transported from the Cannock Chase Christmas Tree sales site at Birches Valley to the hospital using a haulage truck and crane.

Christmas trees will be available for the public to buy from November 28.

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Notes to Editor

The Forestry Commission is the largest provider of countryside recreation in Britain with responsibility for over one million hectares (2.4 million acres) of forest, woodlands and open countryside.  The West Midlands region covers the counties of Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, the West Midlands and parts of Derbyshire and Leicestershire.

Jason Maclean (Environment Manager) or Andy Coggins (Recreation Officer) at the Forestry Commission’s Birches Valley Forest Centre at Cannock Chase on 01889 586593 or email or