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Cut Price Christmas Trees On Offer Today

Christmas Tree Dorchester

10:59am 5th December 2014

As we get into the festive season and the decorations start going up, we're being encouraged to go for a cheap and local alternative to a commercially grown Christmas tree.

Pine trees from a local heathland are being removed to make way for grazing animals and Dorset County Council wants people to put their presents under them instead.

It's part of the council's plans to restore Blackdown Heath that surrounds Hardy's monument.

The Gorse and scots pines can be collected from 10am - 3:30pm TODAY (Friday 5th December) at the old council depot, west of Hardy's Monument.

Jill Exton, senior ranger for Blackdown Heath, said: "The trees would normally be burnt, but Scots pines make a good alternative to traditional Christmas trees and we are offering them with a suggested donation of £5.

"Any money raised will go towards fencing the area and providing a water supply for the animals."

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