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Forest rangers are dreaming of a white Christmas in Sherwood Pines Forest Park - but not quite as white as last year!
Major snow falls disrupted public sales of Christmas tree sales in the 1,200 hectare (3,000 acre) beauty spot near Clipstone, Notts, for the second year running.
So this winter rangers are taking no chances. They have begun taking delivery of Christmas trees early to ensure plentiful supplies have arrived in time for the launch of public sales on Sunday 27 November.
Thousands of fragrant pines, fir and spruce are being corralled into pens ready for inspection by eager revellers keen on eco-friendly festive foliage. According to the Forestry Commission, real trees use 10 times fewer materials to produce and five times less energy than artificial trees. Ranger Becky Mayo said:
“We've been running Christmas tree sales in Sherwood Pines for 35 years and for many people a trip into the forest is as much a family Yuletide tradition as turkey and mince pies. Recent winters have been really snowy and a bit of the white stuff always makes the wood look fantastic – but not too much this year please!”
Tree sales operate daily from 9am to 3.30pm at the visitor centre until 24 December (subject to availability). Trees up to three metres tall will be up for grabs along with beautiful wreaths, tree stands and potted Christmas Trees. You could also win two tickets for next year's Summer concerts in Sherwood by posting a picture of a your fabulous tree on the Forestry Commission's Flicker site at www.flickr.com/groups/gbforestrycommission. The one judged to be the best decorated will carry off the brilliant prize for its owner.
Sherwood Pines is off the B6030 Ollerton to Clipstone road. Sales information on 01623 822447.
Notes to editor
To keep your tree fresh and fragrant follow these tips:
- Store in a cool place before bringing indoors.
- Keep away from direct heat, including fires and radiators.
- Cut half an inch off the stump and stand in a container full of water. Don’t use sand or soil, which hinders the tree taking in moisture.
- Water regularly - a Christmas tree can 'drink' up to a pint a day.
Forestry Commission England is the government department responsible 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. For more visit www.forestry.gov.uk/EastMidlands
Media calls to Richard Darn on 0775 367 0038.