Spruce up your home with a tree from Rushmere

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Christmas tree shoppers and visitors will be spoilt for choice at a series of fundraising activities at Rushmere Country Park organised by the Greensand Trust.

Christmas trees are now on sale at Rushmere Park’s Herons’ View visitor centre, where people can choose from various firs or spruces as well as enjoying other leisure activities taking place.

Money raised from all the events and tree sales will be reinvested towards the conservation of the historic 400-acre park, which the Greensand Trust jointly owns with Central Bedfordshire Council.

Cut Christmas trees will be on sale until Christmas, with two special pick-your-own events scheduled for Saturday, December 13 and 20 when visitors are invited into Rushmere’s Christmas tree plantations to pick and cut their very own tree.

By buying locally and at source, shoppers will be guaranteed that they are getting a fresh, recyclable tree that has not travelled vast distances, adding to the carbon footprint.

As well as supporting the popular community resource, money from the sale will be used to grow more trees and help preserve the country park for future generations.

Other festive events taking place at Rushmere include a Christmas Fayre on Sunday, December 7, and a Fairy Trail throughout December. Visit http://greensandtrust.org/ for more details about events.

Councillor Brian Spurr, Executive Member for Sustainable Communities, said: “Conserving this incredibly beautiful landscape is very important to us and our partners at the Greensand Trust.

“We constantly need resources to enhance and protect Rushmere Country Park for the enjoyment of present and future generations. The tree sale and other fun events that have been planned are some of the ways in which the public can help us achieve our goal.”

Gill Welham, Chief Executive at the Greensand Trust, said: “We rely on the support of visitors and local communities to help us protect, conserve and enhance the local environment. So please come along and enjoy the events we have planned, visit our new café or pick this year’s special Christmas tree whilst enjoying a day out at Rushmere this Christmas.”

Rushmere Country Park is situated just north of Leighton Buzzard and is popular with families, dog walkers, cyclists, horse riders and walkers. It is formed of parkland and mixed woodland, with a wide variety of important habitats, including open grassland, heathland and lakes. It includes Stockgrove and Oak Wood and dates back to medieval times.