LANGFORD Lakes Christmas Tree Farm near Wellington has once again this year (2016) selected Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) as its Charity of the Year.
The family-run business is fundraising for the organisation in the run up to Christmas.
Reg Hendy, owner of Langford Lakes, said: “We’ll be supporting CHSW and raising funds for the organisation by providing visitors with teas, coffees and mince pies in return for a donation to the charity. We’ve been ably assisted with these efforts by CHSW volunteers who have been tremendous throughout.
“With our customers’ assistance last year, we collected an amazing £2,000. So we’d like to express our sincere thanks to everyone who helped us reach this figure. We’re delighted to have collected so much. Now we’re inviting people to come and help us again this year so we can match or beat our 2015 total!”
CHSW is currently the only provider of specialist hospice care for children in the region. It offers much needed support for youngsters with a life-limiting or life-threatening condition and their families at its three hospices: Charlton Farm in North Somerset, Little Bridge House in North Devon and Little Harbour in Cornwall.
Paula Garrett, Community Fundraiser for CHSW, said: “We are so pleased with this donation from Langford Lakes and the promise of more this year.
“The money will go towards the work we do for our three children’s hospices so we would like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to all of the staff and the customers who have been so generous in 2015. Now we’re looking forward to further fundraising this Christmas with Langford Lakes and are delighted the partnership is on-going for the future.”
Langford Lakes Christmas Tree Farm, which is well-known for its home grown, freshly cut Christmas trees, is a family run 40-acre farm that is located close to the nature reserve Langford Heathfield, a mile outside of Langford Budville in Somerset.
The farm, owned and run by Reg and his wife Ann and their two sons, Shaun and Nick has been growing and selling Christmas trees for more than 20 years.
Reg continued: “Back in 1993, I took a risk and decided to diversify away from the traditional cash crops of wheat and potatoes, and chose to plant and farm Christmas trees. My next decision was what type of tree to go for. With dozens of potential firs and spruces available, I opted to specialise in the Nordman Fir variety, which was then, relatively rare and slow growing.
“The Nordman Fir provides one huge benefit to its main competition, the Norway Spruce, that is its needle retention. The soft fir needles of the Nordman Fir have even been known to remain green and still attached to the tree into May.”
Since the early days, Reg has planted an increasing number of trees year-on-year and is now cultivating a much larger stock to meet public demand.
“As growers we pride ourselves on offering a quality, fresh product at a very competitive price. We can provide cut trees from three to 30 feet in size and have a superb array of low needle drop Nordman, Fraser Fir and Norway Spruce. We can also supply container grown trees, which have a much higher chance of surviving after Christmas and for future years if kept outdoors and cared for.”
Langford Lakes Christmas Tree Farm is open from Friday, November 18 until Friday, December 23, 2016.
“Our Christmas shop opens on November 18 to allow those wishing to buy new decorations to get started early. It will be full of more items than ever this year – everything from baubles to a star or fairy for the top of your tree. If you’ve shopped with us before, then I think you’ll be delighted to see how we’ve increased our stock for 2016. Come and get some inspiration and plenty of free, friendly advice from our team of Christmas elves!”
Langford Lakes’ Christmas shop promises to be bigger and better this year with more decorations to choose from than ever including 1,000s of ornaments and festive trimmings that are new for 2016.
For further details about Langford Lakes Christmas Tree Farm, which is based at Middle Hill Farm in Langford Budville near Wellington, please call 01823 400476, visit www.langfordlakes.co.uk, follow the company on Twitter at www.twitter.com/LangfordLakes or log on to www.facebook.com/LangfordLakesChristmasTreeFarm/.