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Have the ultimate Christmas experience with the Forestry Commission this festive season

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Choosing a real Christmas tree

There is more than you might imagine taking place in the forest this Christmas. Escape from the shops, gather up your friends and family, wrap up warm and feel the crisp fresh air in Delamere Forest

See if you can find one of our decorated trees deep in the forest, choose your well-managed Christmas tree from one of our sales marquees, experience our Chester Street with locally produced food or visit Santa in his magical grotto. 

Did you know that this year is the 500th anniversary of the first Decorated Christmas Tree? In 1510 men from the local merchants’ guild in Riga (Latvia) decorated a tree with artificial roses.

To celebrate, we have decorated five trees somewhere in our forests. If you are the first to find one of these special trees, and collect the Forestry Commission golden bauble, you will win a free Christmas tree!

Choosing a Christmas tree is one of the highlights of the festive season.  All over the country our sales centres are offering a range of Christmas trees for sale from 26 November 2010.  All the trees that we sell are grown on plantations in the UK and are grown especially for Christmas and for every tree felled at least one is planted.

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 or how about some concert tickets from our 'live music in unique locations'. Alternatively how about tickets for our owl adventures or hawk walks in partnership with Cheshire Falconry?

There are also lots of exciting Christmas events taking place at Forestry Commission woodlands all over the country.  From Santa’s grotto to festive fairs and magical illuminated forests, there is something for everyone.  For a full list of what's happening in your area please visit our website.

For more information about Delamere Forest please visit

Notes to Editors

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.

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

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!

For a comprehensive picture of the benefits of real Christmas trees from the Christmas tree sales sector as a whole please contact Roger Hay from the British Christmas Tree Growers’s Association on 0131 664110.

Media contact: Helena Perry 01606 884936