London Xmas: Trees 1

Symbol of eternal life, Xmas trees have always fascinated me. I’ve always thought that they should be living trees, and where I live, even though most are harvested from sustainable farms, rather than the forests which surround me, I still hate the carnage!

Due to the financial world-wide recession, many people are waiting until this last week before Xmas to buy their tree. Prices are better as tree owners get more desperate. If you are in London at Christmas and want to buy a tree (or donate an already harvested tree to a good cause), then please consider buying or donating trees from the following charity.

For every tree bought from The Christmas Forest a tree is planted in Ethiopia by Tree aid Tree Aid – Replanting Ethiopia’s Forests! Choose your tree from four different varieties and a huge range of sizes from sustainable plantations in the UK and Ireland.

The Christmas Forest also supplies firewood, and the ancient Druidic symbols of holly and mistletoe too, reminding us of the more ancient reverence of this day of the Winter Solstice!

Purchasing a tree for Charity, as a traveler or local, is very much more representative of the Spirit I would like to grow in this Season.

Ten minutes from London Bridge (by train) lets you visit the quintessential upper-class village of Dulwich. There, one of the 7 Christmas Forest lots is located at Streatham and Marlborough Cricket Club, Jct of Dulwich Common (A205 South Circular) and Lordship Lane, SE21 7EX Christmas Forest’s Lot at Dulwich Village’s Common and you can combine it with a tourist jaunt, too. Walk from the train station, via the park, to the Horniman Museum (or take the P4 bus which connects the two). The Art Gallery has an interesting exhibition, which I will describe later this week.

Train: North or West Dulwich (Main line trains) from Charing Cross, Waterloo or London Bridge. You’ll have to come by car, if you’re buying a tree, unless you are donating it to a charity and you have pre-arranged with them to meet you and to come pick it up! The Christmas Forest also offers “delivery”, but this close to Xmas, you’ll have to see if that still works out.

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