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With festivities over for another year, one couple have been busy rescuing Christmas trees to give them a forever home.

Nigel Catt and wife Laura, of Bracken Farm, North Muskham, have been rounding up unwanted rooted Christmas trees through a collection service so they can replant them.

The aim is to replant as many trees as possible in support of the couple's re-wilding plans for the land they own.

Nigel and Laura Catt planting old Christmas trees on their farm at North Muskham.
Nigel and Laura Catt planting old Christmas trees on their farm at North Muskham.

"We changed from cut Christmas trees to living, potted, trees some time ago for our Christmas centrepiece and we knew others have been doing so as well." said Nigel, who also owns Letsxcape Rooms at Kelham Hall and Letsxcape Together Boardgame and Event Cafe in Newark Market Place.

"However, we were also noticing a fair few were still finding their way to the local skip or owners realised their potted trees would not really fit in their gardens.

"We felt that we could give these trees a new lease of life and forever home here on our land and at the same time help towards the plans we have to develop an old agricultural field into a place of natural beauty."

Nigel and Laura Catt planting old Christmas trees on their farm at North Muskham.
Nigel and Laura Catt planting old Christmas trees on their farm at North Muskham.

Laura said 19 trees had been replanted so far.

"These will provide screening and shelter to the open field site over the years as they grow and we are also in discussions with the Woodland Trust to see how they can support with other types of tree planting," she said.

Nigel and Laura purchased the land around their home at North Muskham with the goal of creating a luxury glamping site, BrackenXcapes, which hopes to open at Easter.

They have already formed a new apple orchard on the land and will next year be supporting a local beekeeper with his own expansion.

They have also been researching wild flower seed mix which they plan to start sowing shortly for the year ahead.

Laura said: "Our overall aim is to have a great place to come and stay here at BrackenXcapes in future years.

"With the holiday let already up and running now and with Freedom Camping granting us a licence to operate a glamping site under their membership scheme, we will have up to five wooden glamping pods for guests to stay in soon.

"We welcome any more ideas or donations from people who might not be able to handle their potted trees now Christmas has passed."



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