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Visit the Forestry Commission’s Winter Wonderland this Christmas

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Escape from the shops, gather up your friends and family, wrap up warm and get into the Christmas spirit this year by visiting the New Forest. A large range of real Christmas trees are now on sale at the Forestry Commission’s sales centres in New Park, near Brockenhurst, and Moors Valley Country Park, near Ringwood.

Choosing a Christmas tree is undoubtedly one of the highlights of the festive season.  But why buy real?  Real trees use 10 times fewer materials and five times less energy than artificial trees, and they smell great too!

Richard Burke, the Forestry Commission’s South Walk Forester, said:

“For the past couple of years, the Forestry Commission has experienced an increase in demand for real trees. In 2010, we sold over 4,000 trees in the New Forest alone, so we are urging people to buy their tree early this year to avoid disappointment.

“All of the Forestry Commission’s trees are grown especially for Christmas on plantations in the UK and more trees are planted every year than harvested. We also guarantee a quality product, so come and visit us and our helpful and expert team of staff will be on hand to help you chose and wrap your tree to take home.”

The Forestry Commission is also hosting a Christmas Wonderland event on Saturday 10 December (10am-12.30pm) to get you into the festive spirit. Starting at Blackwater car park in the New Forest, you’ll be taken on a guided walk to learn about customs, traditions and wildlife at this time of year. Tickets are £10 for adults and £5 for children. Booking is essential so to reserve your place, please call 02380 286840.
Post your Christmas tree photos to our Flicker site - - and the best dressed tree will win two tickets to a forest concert of your choice.

And if you’re looking for a more unusual and really ‘bright’ Christmas present this year, give the gift of tickets to the ‘Electric Forest’ event at Moors Valley Country Park, near Ringwood. With a unique blend of creative talent and beautiful wooded landscapes, The Electric Forest promises night time art installations of the weird, the wonderful and the amazing! The event will run from Saturday 11 – Sunday 19 February 2011, 6.30pm-9pm. Contact the Box Office on: 03000 684 400 or visit the website at:
For information about what type of tree to choose, caring for your tree and for details of your nearest sales centre please link through to the website -

Note 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.

Media contacts:

Paula Quigley or Hannah Keddie at Grayling PR, tel 02380 382970 or email or 
Libby Burke at the Forestry Commission on 02380 286832