Wallington lights up the North East
Wallington is home to one of the Trust’s biggest festive celebrations showcasing 1,000 ‘Christmas trees’ - from a 45ft Cypress Nootka tree dressed with 6,000 sparkling lights to a tiny tree in the dolls’ house. Find out what it takes to create such a dazzling festive display.
To mark the start of the National Trust’s seasonal celebrations, Britain’s most spectacular collection of 1,000 ‘Christmas trees’, whether real, decorated or crafted, has gone on display from today at Wallington, a stunning 17th century home and estate in Northumberland.
Behind the scenes, the 1,000 trees have been dressed by a team of 33 volunteers and staff, who have spent an incredible 744 collective hours preparing the festive decorations. The transformation is such a big feat that the team begin their Christmas plans in January – a full 330 days before launch.
The spectacular centrepiece at Wallington is the 115-year-old 45ft Nootka tree, which sits in front of the main house. It takes a team of specialists two days on cherry pickers to hang 6,000 LED bulbs that transform the tree– with a further 6,000 lights adorning the trees across the rest of the estate.
This year is a celebration of the old and new traditions of the 13,000-acre estate, which has been preserved and protected by the National Trust since it was donated by the Trevelyan family in 1942. The 1,000 trees of Christmas were inspired by the Trevelyan family’s unique ‘Book of Trees’ which was kept by three generations - capturing the life cycle of trees around the property.
To mark one of the oldest traditions, the family’s original 130-year-old wooden Christmas sleigh will sit proudly outside the property for visitors to create their own magical festive memories.