Best places to pick your own Christmas tree

Choose your own sustainably grown, 100% Santa approved, British Christmas tree and enjoy a festive family day out with the Forestry Commission

Experience the festive joy of spending a family day out in one of Britain’s lovely woodlands and picking your own Christmas tree this winter. Our friends at Forestry Commission provide the best sustainably grown, British Christmas trees. They have sites across the UK where you can visit and enjoy a festive day out in the forest, trying a trail or visiting the café for homemade treats before going to choose your own real Christmas tree.

All of their trees are homegrown in the UK in a sustainable way and with every purchase of Christmas trees, you will also receive a free tree sapling which means you can buy a tree and plant a tree, making the process even more environmentally friendly.

A lot of love and hard work goes into growing the perfect sustainable Christmas tree. Watch this video and follow the journey of homegrown Christmas trees from seedling to festive centrepiece (which can take up to 6 years!)

The expert team at their forest sites can help you to pick your perfect tree. They even have a quiz you can take online to find out which tree suits you best!

Take the Quiz here >

Stress Relief

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.”

Activities for Children

Many of the Forestry Commission sites will have a full range of activities for the kids, and festive workshops they can enjoy. There may even be a chance to meet Santa in his grotto!

You can also print some Santa approved children’s Christmas activity sheets. You can download these before your visit and the children will have plenty to do while exploring the forest. They include festive craft ideas as well as tips to keep little ones moving while enjoying the woodlands.

Download Christmas activity sheets here >

Places to pick your own Christmas tree

Alice Holt, Surrey (Opening 29th November)

Bedgebury, Kent (Opening 1st December)

Cannock Chase, Staffordshire (Opening 25th November)

Cardinham Woods, Cornwall (26th November)

Dalby Forest, North Yorkshire (Opening 24th November)

Delamere Forest, Cheshire (Opening 25th November)

Haldon Forest Park, Devon (Opening 26th November)

Hamsterley Forest, Durham (Opening 1st December)

Sherwood Pines, Nottinghamshire (Opening 25th November)

Moors Valley, Hampshire (Opening 1st December)

New Park, Hampshire (Opening 1st December)

QECP, Hampshire (Opening 1st December)

Rothbury, Northumberland (Opening 1st December)

Wendover Woods, Buckinghamshire (30th November)

Westonbirt, Gloucestershire (1st December)

Whinlatter, Cumbria (Opening 1st December)

Wyre Forest, Worcestershire (Opening 23rd November)

+ you can even order online!

For the full list, maps and a chance to win Christmas goodies go to the Forestry Commission website