TAUNTON Deane’s Mayor helped to declare a shop near Wellington that’s dedicated to all things Christmassy and also raises funds for charity open last Saturday (November 19, 2016).
Vivienne Stock-Williams cut the ribbon at Langford Lakes Christmas Tree Farm, which is based at Middle Hill Farm in Langford Budville, on Saturday, November 19 to officially open the shop.
Reg Hendy, owner of Langford Lakes, explained: “The Mayor very kindly agreed to declare us officially open for the festive season and unveiled our Christmas shop, which is grander than ever for 2016. She assisted Father Christmas with the ribbon cutting.
“Once again this year, we’re hoping to collect as much money as possible for Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) from the sale of mince pies and teas and coffees, aided by the Wellington Friends Group of CHSW, from our launch event through to our last day of trading before Christmas on December 23. Last year we raised £2,000 for the organisation.”
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.
“We had a great launch day and would like to thank everyone who popped along as well as the Mayor, who is an ardent supporter of CHSW. The fun started at 9am with the official ribbon-cutting event at 11am. Families got to meet Santa and enjoy the refreshments, while also helping raise invaluable funds for a very worthy charity.”
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.
It is a family-run farm, owned and run by Reg and his wife Ann and their two sons, Shaun and Nick. The family has been growing and selling Christmas trees for more than 20 years.
“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.
“Our Christmas shop is even bigger and better than ever before and we’ve hundreds of tree toppers and thousands of baubles in stock this year. We also stock fresh, handmade Christmas wreaths and all the decorations you could need to give your home some added sparkle this year. Come along this month to get some decorations and see our displays and then pick up your fresh tree in early December.”
Langford Lakes Christmas Tree Farm is open until Friday, December 23, 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/.