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Buy a Christmas tree in an H&F park and help a school

Here’s your chance to find the perfect Christmas tree, support local schools and fund the upkeep of local parks – all in one go!

Each year, Christmas trees are sold in borough parks by Hammersmith garden design firm Shoots and Leaves.

And the Trussley Road-based company is donating £5 to primary schools for every tree sold, with this year’s beneficiaries including Addison, St Stephens, Sir John Betts and Brackenbury.

Trees are being sold on Hammersmith’s Little Brook Green (close to Tesco) and Fulham’s Eel Brook Common (near the Eelbrook restaurant), with Nordmann Fir trees available alongside American Fraser Firs, which don’t drop their needles, but still fill your front room with the scent of pine.

This Saturday (8 December), carollers from St Simon’s Church in Rockley Road will be singing festive songs in Little Brook Green and there will be free smoothies and juicy waters from the Ladbroke Grove-based Innocent Drinks.

“We are the only local supplier operating in the borough all year round,” says Hew Stevenson, founder of the Trussley Road firm. “So we think it’s only right that we give something back to our neighbourhood.

“We employ a large number of people who live in H&F and we are very proud of the local links we’ve established over the past 19 years.”

Where to find them

Both the Eel Brook Common and Little Brook Green sites are rented from Hammersmith & Fulham Council, with the revenue which is earned being used to maintain local parks.

Shoots and Leaves also has a site at St Paul’s Church in Hammersmith Broadway, as well as Acton Park (Uxbridge Road side) and Cleveland Park in Ealing.

But not all Christmas trees are the same. For Hew, what sets his apart is quality.

He travels to Scotland and Denmark each August to inspect the trees and arrange for their delivery to London. More than 5,000 trees arrive on five lorries in late November; each taking nine men more than fours hours to unload.

Once you pick your tree you can choose to take it away with you, or have it delivered for £8 (often on the same day), with morning and afternoon slots available.

“We know the borough, and most of our trees are sold locally,” Hew adds. “That means that no one can beat us on price, delivery times or customer service.”

For more details, visit the shoots and leaves website or call 020 8563 7733.

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Image caption: Photo 2: Hew Stevenson travels to Scotland and Denmark each August to inspect the trees and arrange for their delivery to London

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