A Norway Spruce tree over 10ft has been donated by The Tree Barn at Blundell Lane, Blackrod for the entrance car park at Rainbow House, Mawdesley. It will be in place for the Christmas Fayre on 3rd December.
This is the second year they have donated a tree and “Christmas just isn’t Christmas without a tree, preferably a real one!” says Chris Hodge, from The Tree Barn.  This year’s selection is a fine Fraser Fir specimen – providing a magical festive background for the Christmas Fair and the many other seasonal activities on site.

Chris has also donated a number of pot-grown trees to Rainbow House for sale at the fayer which raises much needed funds for the charity. He also raises funds through donations from every tree sold over the Christmas period and from the various Christmas stallholders in The Tree Barn.

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Chris said “ the cool wet conditions of this summer have again provided good growing conditions during the past year producing a fine crop of fir trees ready to harvest.

As in previous years, The Tree Barn opens up on 26th October for customers to select and reserve their ideal tree direct from the plantation for The Big Day.

For those who want a Christmas tree not just for Christmas, The Tree Barn produces a wide range of pot-grown Christmas tree varieties. These are especially container grown with a proper root structure, to ensure subsequent cultivation. Their preparation enables them to

be safely in-doors for up to 4 weeks over the Christmas period. During this time they need to be treated as a pot plant and kept well watered for later planting outside in the garden, or re-potted as a patio container specimen.

Two other delicious Christmas specials available from The Tree Barn are Spruce Beer and Spruce smoked bacon. The beer has been brewed using spruce tips picked from specimen Norway Spruce trees grown on the nursery. This year’s brew has been made by the local award-winning Windmill Brewery at Standish Hall Farm, Standish using spruce tips picked from Norway Spruce trees grown at the nursery. Early Canadian settlers relied on Spruce Beer to provide a source of Vitamin C to help them through the long, dark and bitterly cold winter days.

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The sweet dry-cured bacon has been specially smoked using spruce chips from Tree Barn Norway Spruce trees. A pop-up café operates at The Tree Barn at the busy week-end periods serving tasty smoked-bacon butties with a range of hot and cold drinks. A toasty wood-burning stove adds to the early-Christmas atmosphere, especially as children (and Big Kids!) can ‘post’ their letters in the embers to Father Christmas – ensuring Special Delivery

Vac-packs of the delicious smoked bacon are available right through the Christmas period. The Tree Barn opens for the Christmas period each Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday each week from Friday 24th November 2017 10am to 4pm.     (Closed Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays)

Spruce beer will be on sale from this date.  The Tree Barn is located on Blundell Lane – turn down by The Goose and Gander pub

(formerly Suzanna’s) , Little Scotland, Blackrod Post Code BL6 5LP

Further information from Chris Hodge on 07922 046595

or by e-mail: c.r.hodge@btinternet.com

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