A host of Christmas trees have been donated to community groups across East Anglia, including the My WiSH Charity, which supports the work of the West Suffolk Hospital and Newmarket Community Hospital, along with community services in Suffolk.
The festive trees have come courtesy of garden centre retailer Dobbies, which has an outlet in Vale Lane, in Bury St Edmunds.
Groups across East Anglia were invited to nominate themselves to receive a tree as part of Dobbies’ Not Your Average Community campaign, which was delivered in partnership with Needlefresh.
Heart-warming stories from across the region were shared with the Dobbies team, from deserving charities and groups to local food banks, including My WISH Charity, Zoological Society East Anglia, The Little Pantry and Charles Burrell Centre Ltd.
The winners were invited along to collect their very own Nordmann Fir tree to help brighten their spaces.
Dobbies’ horticultural director, Marcus Eyles, said: “We were really moved by all the nominations and can’t thank our communities across East Anglia enough for putting forward their suggestions. It’s great to see the positive work that many of these local causes are carrying out.
“It’s our pleasure to do what we can to bring some festive cheer to local communities this year. We wouldn’t have been able to get this campaign off the ground without the generous support from Needlefresh and we extend our thanks to their team.”
Dobbies is committed to sustainability and all the real Christmas trees sold are grown from specially selected seeds, taken from hand-picked cones which have been left to dry and nurtured into seedlings. The growing team at Needlefresh use specialist pruning techniques to create a bushy and uniform shape by hand, reducing any impact on the surrounding environment and protecting the animals and plants in and around the tree base.
Dobbies has also recorded a podcast all about real Christmas trees, and their sustainable growing process, with Needlefresh, which is available to listen to now at dobbies.com/podcasts