Christmas trees sales to boost moorland restoration project

NATIONAL Trust rangers and volunteers at Marsden Moor have given themselves an extra job in the coming weekends-selling Christmas trees towards moorland restoration.Money raised from the sale of the sustainably grown trees from the Old Goods Yard on Station Road will go back to help the ranger team continue its work on the moors.

The Nordmann Firs and Norwegian Spruces will be available at weekends from Saturday, November 30 until December 14, between 10am and 3.30pm. Or while stocks last.

There is also a free mince pie and a warming glass of mulled wine with every purchase.

There will also be a special ‘pop up’ National Trust shop for Christmas gifts ideas, as well as wooden garden items made by volunteers.

Tom Harman, lead Ranger, said: “The money raised from the sales will go back to help the ranger team continue their work on the moors.

“This includes the work we are doing to recover from the devastating moorland fires earlier this year, reducing fire risk and restoring peat and creating a better habitat for wildlife such as mountain hare and short-eared owl.

“That involves planting sphagnum moss and building dams to help the peat recover and reduce flood risk in the valleys below.

“Every tree bought will help us look after this special landscape for future generations.”

Julia Phillips, Area Ranger, said: “This is a perfect way to spend a December weekend.

“We are really excited we can give people the choice of a real Christmas tree, all British and sustainably sourced.”

Prices start from £30. There is free delivery available in Marsden and for a small charge outside of Marsden.

Christmas tree stands are available to purchase. There is free parking onsite.

Rangers will help with netting and loading trees. Nordmann Firs range in size from four to nine feet, Fraser Firs are six feet and potted while Norway Spruce are roughly between three to four feet tall.

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