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CHELSEA PENSIONERS INSPECT THE RANKS OF BRITAIN’S FRESHEST CHRISTMAS TREES
group of Chelsea Pensioners – the retired army veterans who live at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, famous for their scarlet uniforms – had a surprise tour of duty at Yattendon Estates in Berkshire for the Christmas trees that will soon be raising money for the historic institution.. The trip was organised by Capital Christmas Trees, who will be providing freshly harvested trees directly from the estate to be sold in the Royal Hospital’s elegant South Grounds. Home of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show on the Embankment, The Royal Hospital will offer a superb selection of fresh trees giving London families the chance to pick out their own special tree and know that it’s as fresh as if they had travelled to Yattendon Estates themselves. This is the first time that the Royal Hospital has sold Christmas trees, and a commission on every sale will help to raise funds for the Grade I listed buildings, which was commissioned by Charles II and designed by Sir Christopher Wren as a permanent home for old soldiers. The Chelsea Pensioners spent the day as guests of Lord Iliffe, who lives and works at Yattendon Estates. He was a pioneer of the UK Christmas tree industry in the 1970s and has seen the farm operation expand to harvest more than 50,000 trees each year. Allan McLaren, Acting Head of Fundraising at the Royal Hospital, said: “We would like to thank Capital Christmas Trees and Lord Iliffe for offering our retired soldiers a great day out and a chance to get into the Christmas spirit a little earlier than usual! We are really looking forward to selling these lovely trees and we are sure they will be very popular in Chelsea. The great thing about The Royal Hospital is that there is a wealth of space for people to look at lots of different trees and select the one that’s exactly right for them.” 20 NOVEMBER 2019
Capital Christmas Trees is a joint initiative between Capital Gardens, run by Colin CampbellPreston, and Needlefresh,a specialist group of UK Christmas Tree growers. Managing director of Needlefresh Christopher Hood said: “Every real Christmas tree is unique and takes 10 years to grow, and will be delivered to the heart of London in perfect condition, ensuring that a traditional, fresh Christmas tree with its natural beauty is just as accessible to those in the city as it is to country dwellers. The new sales centre at the historic Royal Hospital will make it even easier for everyone this Christmas to get hold of a traditional tree, and help the Chelsea Pensioners at the same time.” Trees will be available from the Royal Hospital from 28th November. For more information visit www.capitalchristmastrees.co.uk.
Christmas Cards, Pack Of Ten, £5.00 From Royal Hospital Chelsea Shop
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