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Picking our real Christmas tree with Pines and Needles

Last December we got our Christmas tree from The Christmas Forest - which has 10 stores in London providing real, sustainable Christmas trees. The Nordmann Firs are beautiful.

This year we will be trying out their sister company Pines and Needles for the first time. As I have mentioned before, I love Christmas, a real tree just makes Christmas for me. I aspire to have a nice big rustic looking one.

Pines and Needles was founded by brothers Josh and Sam Lyle back in 1995. It all came about when the boys (then aged 15 and 13) came up with the idea of loading an old horsebox with Christmas trees from their family farm in Scotland and making the journey down to London.

Pines and Needles acquired The Christmas Forest in a bid to expand its portfolio of stores in London and heighten its presence in the capital. They are often the choice place for royalty to get the trees from - cool.

We go to one of the local branches to choose our tree, our closest is Brockwell Park in South East London, the staff will then wrap your choice of tree for you. They also offer a delivery service and a tree decorating service too. The team will also collect your tree and then recycle it for you.

The chosen charity that Pines and Needles support is Action for Children. Action for Children provides vital support to the most disadvantaged children, young people and their families across the UK. Last year, their 600 projects directly supported more than 390,000 children, young people and their families. Pines and Needles helped to raise £10,980 for Action For Children in 2016 - which is a brilliant amount.

We are really looking forward to going and choosing our tree - we usually wait until the second week of December and it will be a family affair - we'll let you know all about it. Use code: “5OFF100” at checkout to save £5 when you spend over £100!

In the meantime you can stay social with Pines and Needles on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

*This is a collaboration with Pines and Needles. We will be receiving a Christmas tree in December in exchange for an honest review*

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