For the past thirteen years, the Forestry Commission at Kielder Water and Forest Park in Northumberland has provided London’s Houses of Parliament with its spectacular Christmas tree, positioned at the base of Big Ben for all the world to see.
Last weekend, the Westminster Christmas tree arrived at the Houses of Parliament on a huge truck all the way from Northumberland.
Kielder Water and Forest Park provides 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 upon Thames.
Trees from Kielder are also delivered to Westminster Hall and the Speakers’ Apartments
With the annual arrival of the Westminster Christmas trees in London, the Christmas tree sales centres across the Forestry Commission are getting ready to start their sales to the public.
There are Forestry Commission Christmas tree sales centres right 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.
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 www.forestry.gov.uk/christmas.
This page also has details of the many Christmas activities and events that are taking place in forests across England.