Palace of Westminster

  1. Northumberland Christmas tree chosen for Parliament Square

    A Christmas tree has been selected from 155 million growing in Northumberland's Kielder Forest to travel to Parliament Square in London.

    The 43ft Sitka spruce will be felled before it starts its 300-plus mile journey to take its place at the foot of Big Ben later this month.

    Forestry England works supervisor Steve Orton, who chose the tree, said: "Finding a specimen of this size that's well formed and in an accessible part of the forest is not easy.

    "It will be photographed from every angle so it must have a really good all-round shape. It takes a trained eye, but I love the challenge of finding the right tree."

    Westminster tree in 2016

    The forest is also supplying smaller trees for the Speaker's apartment and medieval Westminster Hall.

    Other tall trees are being sent from Kielder Forest to city centres around the UK, including Glasgow, Ipswich and Sunderland.

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