Wallington is being decorated with 1000 trees this festive season after staff and volunteers from the National Trust took inspiration from the estate’s previous residents.
Sir Charles Philips Trevelyan and his family who lived at Wallington until 1958 loved trees and nature, and for over a hundred years it was a family tradition to record the history of the woodland around the house at Wallington in ‘The Book of Trees’.
This Christmas: from the towering 30ft Christmas tree in the courtyard to the tiny ceramic tree in the Hammond Dolls’ House which is just 1.5 inches tall, Wallington will be looking more festive than ever before for their season of festive activities and events.
Gillian Mason, visitor experience manager for Wallington said:
“This year we wanted to put a Trevelyan twist on our Christmas decorations and their passion for trees inspired us to develop a new woodland theme. We wanted to see how many trees we could include into our decorating scheme.”
As well as the giant tree in the courtyard, lit with 3000 lights, the ground floor of the house will be decorated with trees inspired by the different rooms. In the library, for example, the team have hand-made trees from the pages of books while in the drawing room, where the family gathered to listen to music, there’ll be a tree decorated with musical notes.
The café and shops will also have special themed decorations, including a cutlery tree and one decorated with teacups, along with tree-shaped paperchains, while the entrance walkway is lined with decorated tree branches.
“We’re really looking forward to having the biggest tree we’ve ever had in the courtyard and we hope people will enjoy looking out for all the other trees when they visit.
The whole team has been really inspired by this year’s theme and everyone has enjoyed putting their creativity to the test and thinking of different ways to bring festive trees into their area.
While they’re not all real Christmas trees, we hope to end up with a thousand trees all together, so it should be an impressive sight.”
You can experience Christmas in the house at Wallington at special events throughout December while the walled garden, woodland, café and shops will be open daily until 23 December.
For more information log onto www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wallington or call 01670 773600.