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 year, we've put a Trevelyan twist on our Christmas decorations, inspired by their passion for trees, and have developed a new woodland theme, including as many trees as possible in our decorating scheme.
From the towering 30ft Christmas tree in the courtyard, lit with 3000 twinkly lights, to the tiny ceramic tree in the Hammond Dolls’ House which is just 1.5 inches tall, Wallington is looking more festive than ever for our season of festive activities and events.
The ground floor of the house has been imaginatively decorated with trees inspired by the different rooms, including trees that have been hand-made from the pages of books in the library and a tree decorated with musical notes in the drawing room, where the family used to gather to listen to music.
The café and shops also have special themed decorations, including a cutlery tree and one decorated with teacups, along with hundreds of tree-shaped paperchains, while the entrance walkway is lined with decorated tree branches.
We've all been really inspired by this year’s theme and enjoyed putting our creativity to the test, thinking of different ways to bring festive trees into every area.
As well as stopping to admire the biggest tree we've ever has in the courtyard, we hope you'll enjoy looking out for all the other trees too - while they're not all real Christmas trees, we think there at least a thousand trees all together so keep your eyes peeled!
Come and experience Christmas in the house at Wallington at one of our special events throughout December and don't forget, the walled garden, woodland, café and shops will be open daily until 23 December.