Get Back to Tradition and Use Nature’s Own Decorations for Your Tree

Forestry Commission Scotland is encouraging people to get back to tradition this Christmas by getting crafty in their local woodland and using nature’s own decorations for your tree. 

There are Christmas trees in nearly every household during December, a tradition that can be dated back to the 15th century.

Originally decorated with fruit and candles and progressing into baubles and lights, it is a fun family event to dress the Christmas tree.

Forestry Commission Scotland has come up with an idea to combine decorating your tree with exploring the outdoors this winter.

There are 14 Commonwealth Woods in and around Glasgow and each of them are filled with trees from native oak and silver birch to maple, creating woodlands that are perfect for locating twigs and sticks for making Christmas decorations.

Hugh McNish, social programme manager, said:

“We want to encourage everyone to visit their local woodland and we have come up with the idea of a Christmas activity for all of the family.

"Decorating the Christmas Tree is a tradition amongst many families so we thought it would be good to combine nature and decorate the tree with a woodland star ornament.”

Hugh gave us his eight steps to creating woodland stars for the Christmas Tree: 

•         One star will need six sticks or twigs that are all roughly the same size.
•         To tie the sticks together you will need sisal string or twine.
•         Place three twigs in a triangle and tie each corner tightly with the string.
•         Do the same process with the other three twigs.
•         Place one triangle on top of the other upside down to create a star.
•         Where the triangles are touching tie tightly with the string so the star holds together.
•         Tie string around the top point in a loop so you can hang it onto the Christmas tree.
•         To make it a little more colourful encourage the kids to colour the string in with felt tip pens.

Hugh continues: “This is a great way to get the kids outdoors and to play with arts and crafts this Christmas by combining the traditional tree with the woodlands.”

To find out where your local Commonwealth Wood is visit:

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. 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.
  4. Media enquiries to Steve Williams, Forestry Commission Scotland press office, 0300 067 6508 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.