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Are you a traditionalist who makes your own Christmas decorations, an attention seeker who starts wearing your Santa hat in September or someone who just wants to make everyone happy at Christmas? Because Christmas varies so much person to person, it’s no surprise that your Christmas tree can say a lot about you as an individual.

To help you find out what tree best matches your personality, Forestry Commission England has made an online quiz to help you find the perfect match this Christmas!

Norway spruce - The traditionalist

Are you hardworking, trustworthyand focused on getting the job done? If so a Norway spruce is for you. With a long lasting scent and a classic shape, Norway spruce sticks to traditional values. Norway spruce are perfect for those who appreciate the original look and smell of Christmas.

Lodgepole pine – The attention seeker

Are you gregarious and enjoy being the centre of attention? If so a Lodgepole pine will match your personality perfectly. It needs a big room to match its big personality and because it holds needles, you are able to show off this tree throughout the Christmas season.

Nordmann fir – The crowd pleaser

Are you the type of person that wants everyone to love them? If so a Nordmann fir could be the perfect match. It is the most popular Christmas tree in Europe, has an even shape making it a joy to decorate, and it looks great with its dark, soft glossy needles. It’s a real people pleaser.

Across England, the Forestry Commission will open 19 Christmas tree sales centres offering a variety of trees to match personality types! There will also be a range of events from illuminated trails to stargazing for the whole family to enjoy, offering the perfect location for a Christmassy day out. All trees are grown are 100% Santa approved and assured as homegrown and sustainable by Grown in Britain.

To find your nearest sales centre and find more information on events across England visit www.forestryengland.uk/christmas

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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 www.forestry.gov.uk/england  

England's Woods and Forests are cared for by Forest Enterprise England, an agency of the Forestry Commission www.forestryengland.uk

2) The Forestry Commission Discovery Membership Pass gives free parking for the year for your local Forestry Commission Woodland, plus a range of other great discounts. Further information can be found at www.forestryengland/pass

3) Forestry Commission England sells around 35,000 Christmas trees each year from 16 Christmas tree sales centres:

Christmas tree sale centres:

  1. Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire
  2. Rothbury Forest
  3. Hamsterley Forest, Durham
  4. Whinlatter Forest, Cumbria
  5. Grizedale Forest, Cumbria
  6. Delamere Forest, Cheshire
  7. Guisborough Forest, North Yorkshire
  8. Dalby Forest, North Yorkshire
  9. Queen Elizabeth Country Park, Hampshire
  10. Moors Valley Country Park, Dorset
  11. New Park
  12. Cannock Chase, Staffordshire
  13. Bedgebury Pinetum, Kent
  14. Wyre Forest, Shropshire
  15. Westonbirt Arboretum, Gloucestershire
  16. Haldon Forest, Devon
  17. Cardinham Woods, Cornwall
  18. Wendover Woods, Buckinghamshire
  19. Alice Holt, Surrey
  20. Grown in Britain is an independent not for profit organisation that supports the UK’s wonderful woodlands and promotes British grown forest products. For more information go to www.growninbritain.org  

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 assured as homegrown, fresh and sustainable to the UK’s highest standard by Grown in Britain.

·         Every tree sold will come with a free baby sapling, allowing you to plant and grow you own real Christmas tree for the future.

·         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!

Media Contact:

Rebecca Ulewicz
Communications Officer
National Office, Bristol
Forestry Commission England
t:
0300 067 4107
m: 07771 971813
rebecca.ulewicz@forestryengland.uk
www.forestry.gov.uk/englandforests