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Plenty of Christmas trees to go around in the West Midlands

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People in the West Midlands worried about reported shortages of Christmas trees should head to Cannock Chase quickly to avoid disappointment.

The Forestry Commission’s Birches Valley tree sale site, at Cannock Chase, near Rugeley, has stockpiled more than 10,000 Christmas trees this year to help ensure everyone gets the tree of their dreams.

However, delays in supplies of trees throughout the UK caused by severe weather could lead to shortages in the future. Despite this, rangers at Cannock hope that this large number of trees will reassure families across the region who are looking for a sustainable real Christmas tree this winter.

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

“There have been a number of reports in the national media in recent weeks that have said that there could be a shortage of Christmas trees in the country this year. And this has been compounded by the bad weather affecting additional supplies.

“We would like to let everyone in the West Midlands know that we have got more than 10,000 trees available this year – which should ensure that there are plenty of real trees to go around.”

The real Christmas trees sold by the Forestry Commission all come from sustainable sources – with new trees being planted for each felled.

Tree sales at Cannock Chase began on 28th November and are open daily until 19th December.  Opening times are:

  • Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays - 10am to 6pm
  • Thursdays and Fridays 2nd, 3rd, 9th and 10th December – 10am – 7.30
  • Saturdays and Sundays - 9am to 6pm.

Santa will be in his grotto to meet children at the following dates and times:

  • Sunday 28 November, 11am - 5.30pm
  • Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd December, 5pm – 7.30pm
  • Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th December, 9am – 5.30pm
  • Thursday 9th and Friday 10th December, 5pm – 7.30pm
  • Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th December, and Saturday18th and Sunday 19th December, 9am – 5.30pm. 

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For information on what Christmas activities are happening around the country please visit


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.


Andy Coggins on 01889 586593 or email