Northumberland tree has pride of place in Parliament

15 Dec 2017

A Northumberland Christmas tree has once again taken pride of place next to the Houses of Parliament in London.

Each year a special tree is selected from Kielder Forest to fell and transport to the capital to decorate New Palace Yard in the Palace of Westminster.

The 45-feet-tall Sitka spruce is one of three trees sent to the heart of Government by the Forestry Commission, with two smaller trees standing in Westminster Hall and the Speaker’s State Rooms.

This year Northumberland County Council sent a special county-branded giant bauble to Westminster to mark the positioning of the New Palace Yard tree.  This was photographed next to the tree with Guy Opperman, MP for the Constituency which incorporates Kielder Forest.

The Houses of Parliament Christmas trees have come from Kielder for the last 16 years.