Forest fairies help nursery children find perfect tree

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Around 750 nursery school children are to visit the Tyrebagger Christmas Tree sales centre next week (w/c Monday 30 November) to find the woodland fairies who will help them choose the perfect tree for their schools.

Open every day until Wednesday 23 December, the sales centre is expecting up to 20,000 people in the run up to Christmas - but the nursery school visits are a firm favourite with staff.

Dan Cadle, for the Forest Enterprise Scotland team that runs the centre said;

“It’s great to be here when we’re busy because there’s a real buzz about the place. You can really fell the anticipation and the excitement.

“But the best is definitely when the nursery children visit. They’re a bundle of high energy excitement and the looks on their faces when they meet our Tyrebagger fairies is priceless!”

As well as selecting their own tree and seeing it cut, the nursery school children will meet some of the forest fairies, who will explain why forests are good for people and animals, how trees are looked after and some of the things they are used for.

The fairies will lead the children in songs and in return, the children will help the fairies to track down Mr Chopper-upper who will help the children select their trees before cutting and wrapping it for them ready to take back to school. 

Dan added;

“It’s a great part of the job. As well as being on hand to give the children – and their teachers - lots of advice on how to make sure they get the most out of their tree, the team gets to let their hair down a bit and help make the nursery school visits a fantastic and magical event.”

Open from 30th Nov to 23rd Dec, 9am to 5pm, 7 days a week the Tyrebagger centre sells around 6500 trees every year – and usually welcomes around 20,000 people!

Visitors can choose from Nordmann fir, Norway Spruce and Lodgepole Pine in sizes ranging from 4-12ft and they can also buy Christmas tree stands, decorative pine cones and foliage and firewood.

Hot food and drinks area also available.

Notes to editors

  1. Forestry Commission Scotland is part of the Scottish Government's Environment and Forestry Directorate.
  2. Forest Enterprise Scotland is an agency of Forestry Commission Scotland and manages the National Forest Estate on behalf of Scottish Ministers.
  3. The Aberdeen School of Performing Arts will be ‘providing’ the woodland fairies.
  4. Tha Coimisean na Coilltearachd Alba na phàirt de Bhuidheann-Stiùiridh na h-Àrainneachd is Coilltearachd aig Riaghaltas na h-Alba. Tha e an urra ri riaghladh agus cumail maoineachadh is comhairle ri coilltearachd ann an Alba. Tha Iomairt Choilltean na h-Alba na fo-bhuidheann aig Coimisean na Coilltearachd Alba a tha a’ ruith Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta.
  5. Media enquiries to Paul Munro, Forestry Commission Scotland press office, 0300 067 6507 / 07785 527590 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.