From £6 Fir to 50ft Spectacle: The Remarkable Journey of the Rowlands’ Christmas Tree

A Tree’s Journey Through Time

Avril and Christopher Rowlands, now in their late 70s, purchased a humble fir for £6 in 1978, marking the beginning of an extraordinary Christmas tradition in Inkberrow, Worcestershire.

From Modest Roots to Towering Heights

Over the past 45 years, the once-small Christmas tree has grown to a towering 50ft, adorning the front garden of the Rowlands’ four-bedroom detached home.

A Beacon of Festive Light

This magnificent fir has become a centerpiece for the village, attracting thousands each year for its annual festive lights switch-on.

The couple, with the help of a cherry picker, deck the tree with thousands of fairy lights, creating a spectacular display visible for miles around.

A Tree That Inspired a Tale

Mrs. Rowlands, a retired TV writer, was so moved by the tree’s story that she penned a children’s book, “The Laxford House Christmas Tree,” immortalizing the fir’s journey and its significance in the village.

Community Tradition and Charity

The annual Christmas lights switch-on has become a beloved tradition, drawing people from the village and beyond.

The Rowlands use this occasion to raise funds for charity, supporting local causes such as a foodbank for those in need and shelter for the homeless.

A Symbol of Hope During Challenging Times

Even during the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Rowlands maintained the tradition, lighting the tree as a symbol of hope and resilience in the community.

Looking Forward to Many More Years

As the Rowlands express gratitude for the continued support, they hope that the tradition of illuminating their special Christmas tree will endure for many more years, bringing joy and warmth to the hearts of those in Inkberrow.

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