Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Winter Wonderland of Traditional Trees

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Winter Wonderland of Traditional Trees

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The cream of this year's crop of real Christmas trees is up for grabs in Britain's biggest woodland.

The Forestry Commission has opened its popular sales point at 18th Century Kielder Castle, with revellers invited to choose from a wide selection of super-fresh pines and spruce.

And a Yuletide trip into the forest this year comes with plenty of trimmings!

On Saturday and Sunday rangers will be showing people how to use materials like pine cones, needles and twigs (with the odd dash of glitter!) to embellish their trees with that sparkling natural look. The workshop will be repeated the following weekend and costs just pounds 3 for adults and pounds 2 concessions.

Santa will also be in residence in front of a roaring log fire on the second and third Sundays in December and carols will ring through the castle courtyard on December 18. Ranger, Sarah Walker, said: "A Christmas trip to Kielder is the perfect winter outing, especially for youngsters, with plenty to do and fantastic walks to enjoy. …

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