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The magic of real Christmas trees at Alice Holt Forest

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Take a break from the crowds of Christmas shoppers and welcome in the festive season with a special family visit to Alice Holt Forest to buy your Christmas tree.  The Forestry Commission sales centre is now open daily from 9am to 4.30pm until all trees are sold out.

There is a range of real Christmas trees from traditional Norway spruce, pine and fir, as well as tree stands and wreaths.  The Forestry Commission sells only UK grown trees and more are planted every year than harvested, ensuring plentiful supplies for years to come.

Choosing a Christmas tree and decorating it is one of the highlights of the festive season.  So why not add a little extra magic to the occasion, wrap-up warm and take the children on a family Christmas adventure in the forest? Kick leaves, splash in the streams, build a den or be a pirate on board our brand new ship!

Try the new Easy Access Discovery Trail, starting from Beech Car Park.  It’s suitable for everyone, including pushchair and wheelchair users.  An exciting, activity leaflet is available in the car parks and a special booklet is available for hire from the café.  This booklet “Talking pictures” enables  people with communications difficulties to enjoy the trail like everyone else. 

After your adventure in the forest, find a warm welcome with a hot drink and Christmas treats in the Café on the Green.

For a chance to win two tickets to a forest concert you can enter our best-dressed Christmas tree competition. Take a picture of your decorated tree and post your photo on our Flickr site at

Top tips to keep a real Christmas trees looking good:

  1. Cut at least an inch off the bottom of your tree and stand in a bucket of water
  2. Store in a cool place before bringing indoors
  3. Keep away from direct heat
  4. Water regularly - a Christmas tree can 'drink' up to a pint of water a day

Notes to Editors:

  1. The Forestry Commission manages over 250,000 hectares (600,000 acres) of woodlands in England. Most of this land is open for public access and the Commission is the largest provider of countryside recreation in the country. For further information visit
  2. 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.

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