CHRISTMAS trees from the region will take pride of place across the country again this Yuletide.
Felling has started for this year’s festive crop from Kielder Water Forest Park in Northumberland.
The first trees have now been dispatched from the 155,000-acre site, which supplies giant spruces up to 60ft tall to stand in prime locations. For the tenth year running, the Houses of Parliament has ordered a 45ft tree to stand at the base of Big Ben and become possibly the most-photographed Christmas tree in the world.
Ian Green, from the Forestry Commission, said:
“Getting trees felled and out of the forest is a massive undertaking and it’s important work is done in good time given the extreme weather conditions we have had over the past few years.
“Whether it’s the centre of Glasgow, or Westminster Hall, Northumberland’s finest will be spreading cheer through the land and now into Europe.”
Aside from Parliament’s tree, up to 450 giant specimens are being harvested and transported by East Anglia-based Elveden trees which specialises in this kind of work.