PEFC helps cities get their Christmas festivities started!

Christmas is round the corner. Time for us to head into town, to a Christmas market or to see the festive lights.

But what city square would be complete without a Christmas tree?

“These stunning trees, several meters tall and often over a hundred years old, are certainly special,” said Ben Gunneberg, CEO of PEFC International.

“And thanks to PEFC certification, we can all rest assured that these giants come from sustainably managed forests that will produce such trees for generations to come.”

London’s festive season kicked off in sustainable style with the lighting of the iconic Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree on 7 December. The traditional gift from Norway to the UK is the 70th in the series of trees donated by Oslo to London.

Trafalgar Square Christmas tree 2017Oslo has sent a tree to London every year since 1947 as a token of gratitude, celebration and commemoration of Britain’s support during WW2. The annual gift of has come to symbolize the deep and long-lasting friendship between Norway and the UK.

The 70-year old, 21m tall tree, came to London from a PEFC-certified forest in Oslo, by road and sea. The ‘Queen of the Forest’ as she is affectionately known by the forestry workers, was selected from a shortlist of particularly fine trees in a process that started back in May.

Every year, an enormous Christmas tree sits proudly on the Grand-Place of Brussels during their famous Winter Wonders celebrations. Like 2011, 2013 and 2015, the tree is once again from the PEFC-certified forests of the Walloon region of Belgium.
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