Tree gift from Clinton Devon

PUBLISHED: 16:10 18 December 2011

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Two majestic fir trees from Clinton Devon Estates' forests have been specially selected to take pride of place at Exeter Cathedral for this year's Christmas celebrations.

The largest tree, a 30-foot fir, which stands outside the main entrance, is Hospiscare’s official Tree of Light and was illuminated in a Service of Light.

The tree will be lit at dusk every evening until January 6 in memory of friends and family.

The second tree will be just under 20-foot tall and will stand in the main west entrance of the cathedral.

Clinton Devon Estates, which manages 1,900 hectares of woodland across North and East Devon, donates the trees to the cathedral and Hospiscare as a gift every year.

John Wilding, head of environment and forestry, said: “The tradition of cutting our finest firs for the cathedral goes back as long as anyone can remember - possibly well over 100 years.”

He added: “The trees come from our spruce plantations near Budleigh Salterton and are specially chosen for their superior shape and size.”

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