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NEWS RELEASE No: 1670323 NOVEMBER 2017


Why an outside Christmas tree is the must-have festive feature for 2017


Why an outside Christmas tree is the must-have festive feature for 2017

This year, Forestry Commission England are encouraging people to extend their Christmas decorations to the outside of the house, to help boost the Christmas spirit up and down the country. The Forestry Commission sell a range of real Christmas trees from their key forest locations, all grown in Britain in a sustainable way.

Each year people are dressing their houses with more and more Christmas decorations. These range from a modest wreath and a few fairy lights to singing snowmen and giant inflatable Santas! Real Christmas trees are an environmentally-friendly alternative to these plastic decorations. And what could be more festive than the scent of a real Christmas tree to greet you when you arrive home?

Tanya Nesbitt-Rex, Christmas Tree Manager at Forestry Commission England said:

“We want to help people to bring a bit of Christmas cheer to the nation. Just think how fantastic the streets of England will look if we all free Christmas trees from the confines of the house and have one outside too. You only need to look at Pinterest or Instagram and you’ll see all the wonderfully creative ways people have decorated their outdoor trees. We think this will help people have a really magical Christmas 2017!”

 “A Norway Spruce is the ideal tree for outside as it has that beautiful Christmas tree smell. Being kept outside in the cooler air means the needles will stay on for longer, and as long as it is kept well-watered it will last for the whole Christmas season.”

The Forestry Commission are also encouraging people to visit one of their forest-based Christmas Tree sales centres to buy a real Christmas tree to help people to connect with nature during a time of year that is often associated with stress.

Andy Coggins, Recreation Manager at Forestry Commission England said:

“It has been scientifically proven that being more immersed in nature can help reduce stress and anxiety. So, the perfect antidote after doing battle on the high street is to enjoy a magical trip to the forest and the festive treats on offer at our Christmas Tree sales centres. You’ll also know that the tree you pick will have been provided by tree experts so will be of the highest quality and grown in a sustainable way.”

For full information about choosing the perfect Christmas Tree, tips for keeping your tree looking good for longer and details of the Forestry Commission England Christmas Tree sales centres visit www.forestry.gov.uk/christmas