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For the past fourteen years the foresters of Kielder Water and Forest Park in Northumberland have provided London’s Houses of Parliament with its spectacular Christmas tree positioned at the base of Big Ben for all the world to see.

It has become the most photographed Christmas tree in the world. On Thursday, the Westminster Christmas tree commenced its annual journey as it is loaded on a huge truck bound for the capital.

This year the Kielder tree’s extraction will even be covered on national TV.

Kielder Forest and Water Park offers some of the UK’s biggest Christmas trees and many have already been transported across the country to take pride of place in towns and cities from Kings Lynn to Worcester and Manchester to Kingston on Thames.

With the annual departure of the Westminster Christmas tree to London, the Christmas tree sales centres across the Forestry Commission are getting ready to start their sales to the public too.

 There are Forestry Commission Christmas tree sales centres across England, offering a variety of trees that are grown in the UK in a well-managed way, including trees that are FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified. Sales at Kielder Forest itself start on the 28th November, at the Kielder Castle Visitor Centre, Hamsterley Forest in County Durham 29th November, Whinlatter and Grizedale Forests 28th November and Rothbury from 4th December.


To find a full list of sales centres in England and their opening times, purchase a Christmas tree online or check out top tree tips on keeping your tree fresh and healthy over the festive holidays visit This page also has details of the many Christmas activities and events that are taking place in forests across England.


For more info please contact or call 0161 236 0600.

Notes to Editor

1    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. Further information can be found at

2  Norway Spruce Christmas Trees can be purchased from the Forestry Commission online, as well as from sites across the UK, details available from  All trees are FSC (Forest Stewardship Certified) and delivery is free. All orders can be placed now with delivery available from 1st December.

 3  For details of Christmas events at local forests across England, visit