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Sherwood Pines....time for the real thing
Member Name: babajane32
Date: 06/12/03, updated on 06/12/03 (141 review reads)
Advantages: Real trees, Eco freindly farmed, After use disposal
Disadvantages: Not the cheapest, transport
I couldn't find a more appropriate catagory to post this article in, so this was the nearest option. I didn't want to wait until a new catagory was posted as Christmas is nearly upon us and it's time to go on the great Christmas tree hunt !!
Every year my family has a tradition surrounding our Christmas tree.
Fetching just the right tree has turned into a fab family outing,that starts the season off on a high.
Sherwood Pines is a part of Sherwood Forest that manages and sells real Christmas trees, and is run by the forestry commission.
It has a designated site, and is open annually especially for the festive seson.
After Christmas is over it also re opens for a few days to recycle the old trees,so you can pop along with your worn out tree and let them put it in a shredder, where it is turned into bark chips for use by the forestry commission.
There is a little more to this site than just Christmas trees though, as it has a couple of stalls, one selling tree stands, and another selling had made wreaths..which is well worth stopping by as they are very reasonable and you can stand and watch them made.
They also offer festive rides in a horse drawn sleigh, but only at weekends. But Santa's grotto is open for the whole period.
Toilet facilities are on hand,and a lovely little tea room built in the style of a large wooden hut. It is both clean and reasonably priced,and sells a few gifty items.
The site is also a great place to take one of the many forest walks that are clearly marked out.
As the name suggests,Sherwood Pines is situated in Nottinghamshire's Sherwood Forest.
It is very well sign posted, and can be found on the B6034, close to Edwinstow, Ollerton and the Centre Parcs holiday village, deep in Robin Hood terratory.
Seasonal tree sales start on the 1st December, running through until 22nd December. Ope
ning hours are aproximately from 10 am until 4 pm.
Re-opening for the tree recycling is usually posted during the sales time, but generally runs for the first week in January. (this is where you can take your old tree and they will shred it and re-use the shavings).
Trees,quality and prices
They sell all the main types of tree, from spruce to fir (the ones with the long needles that don't drop). All the trees are freshly cut that day and usually only an hour or so before they find their way into your car!
There are hundreds to choose from and you have plenty of chance to examine them all ,so as to be sure of the "perfect tree" for you.
These trees are so fresh, we have found that even buying them on the first of December, they stay frsh and don't loose their needles even after new year.
Prices are quite reasonable, but not exceptional. A basic spruce costing around £14 for a 6 foot tree. The more expensive firs costung upto £24 for a 6 foot tree. The others all fall in between that range.
You can find anything from a 3 foot tree to a 20 foot monster here, so everyone is well catered for.
A great place to kick off a traditional family christmas. Best to go when there's a light frost on the ground...it adds to the christmassy feeling.
If you want a good walk while you're there, then remember to wrap up warm!!
Hope you found this op of some use, and all of you have a very merry Christmas.