Buy a local Christmas tree to raise money for children’s hospice care this Christmas

Christmas trees at Sussex Trees

Choose your Christmas Tree at Goddenwick Farm

For many people, a family outing to choose the Christmas tree is part of the seasonal fun. Did you know that when you visit Sussex Trees to buy your festive centrepiece, you can help raise funds for children’s hospice Chestnut Tree House?

Goddenwick Farm in Lindfield has a huge selection of trees, ranging from the traditional Norway spruce and Nordman fir to rarer varieties such as the Sussex fir. Also available are wreaths, garlands and other festive fare – including their own pine needle-infused gin.

When visiting, you’re likely to meet some of the resident animals, including reindeer and pygmy goats, along with sheep, donkeys, peacocks, ducks, chickens, alpacas, dogs and cats.

Since 2015, farmer Tom Kidger and his family have been supporting Chestnut Tree House, both by supplying the hospice with Christmas trees for visiting families to enjoy, and by raising funds in their shop and café. Last year alone raised more than £16,000 for the hospice, bringing their grand total to more than £23,600.

Fundraising activities with Santa and his reindeer

This year’s fundraising promises to be even bigger and better, with more chances to see Santa in his grotto, give the reindeers a cuddle, feed carrots to the donkeys and savour food and mulled wine.

Sussex Trees will be open every day from 25th November to 21st December, with the grotto open weekends up to 10th to 11th December, and the café open weekends up to 17th to 18th December.

Chestnut Tree House relies on the generosity of the local community at Christmastime and all year round. To find out more about the different ways you can support Chestnut Tree House this Christmas, visit www.chestnut.org.uk/christmas

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