In Pictures: Parliament Christmas tree makes journey from forest to city

The 43ft Sitka spruce was selected from more than 150 million trees in Kielder Forest.

Workers position the Parliament Christmas tree in New Palace Yard, outside the Houses of Parliament
Workers position the Parliament Christmas tree in New Palace Yard, outside the Houses of Parliament

A tree felled in Northumberland’s Kielder Forest on Tuesday has been erected in New Palace Yard outside the Houses of Parliament, where it will be decorated for Christmas.

Forestry England works supervisor Steve Orton cut down the 43ft Sitka spruce after the 30-year-old specimen was selected from the more than 150 million trees in Kielder.

On Saturday, a crane lowered it into its new home opposite Parliament Square in London after its long journey by road from the North East.

Xmas tree for Parliament Square
(Owen Humphreys/PA)
Xmas tree for Parliament Square
(Owen Humphreys/PA)
Xmas tree for Parliament Square
(Owen Humphreys/PA)
Xmas tree for Parliament Square
(Dominic Lipinski/PA)
Xmas tree for Parliament Square
(Dominic Lipinski/PA)
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