Hospices treated to their perfect festive trees

Emma Perry from Children's Hospice South West, John Cockram and Leo Cooper from North Devon Hospice.

Emma Perry from Children's Hospice South West, John Cockram and Leo Cooper from North Devon Hospice. Picture: Elliot Anderton - Credit: Archant

Christmas trees have been donated to two hospices in North Devon.

John Cockram, who runs a Christmas tree farm at Horwood, near Newton Tracey, has donated the festive trees to North Devon Hospice and Children’s Hospice South West for the second year running.

John’s been growing the trees in Chulmleigh for 40 years, and opened the new farm last year.

Emma Perry, from the Children’s Hospice at Little Bridge House in Fremington, said: “It’s massively appreciated.

“For both hospices, Christmas is an important time and at the Children’s Hospice it’s a real time of excitement and joy.”

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Leo Cooper, from North Devon Hospice, said: “Obviously people never want or expect to be in a hospice over Christmas and it’s little things like this which make all the difference.”

John’s had a good year for growing the trees, and now boasts more than 30,000 Christmas trees of several different varieties.

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People can go along to the farm and walk among row upon row of Norway and blue spruces and Nordman and Fraser firs and pick out their own perfect tree for the festive season.

All of the trees are grown for five to 10 years, with the Nordman firs now the most popular, according to John.

“People like that they can come in and walk around, then say ‘I want that tree’,” he said.

“It’s been a good year and we’ve got plenty of trees around.

“Quite a few have gone already and we’ll be out every day from next week.”

For more information, visit John Cockram’s website.

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