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Where your local authority sources festive centrepieces

By Rebecca Black

Where does your local Christmas tree come from?

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council use real trees, apart from a metal one in Ballyduff, which has been used for several years.

All its trees are Norway spruces which sourced from Portglenone Forest, Randalstown Forest and Tardree Forest.

Ards and North Down Borough Council has erected and decorated 22 real Norway spruce trees sourced in Northern Ireland in towns and villages across the borough including Conway Square in Newtownards and at the McKee Clock in Bangor.

One artificial tree will be erected at Bangor Town Hall this weekend.

Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon District Council has used only real trees this year, they are Norway spruces which were selected from Baronscourt in Newtownstewart.

Belfast City Council uses a real tree, a Norway spruce sourced from Pubble Forest Park in Tempo, at the front of Belfast City Hall, and an artificial tree inside City Hall which was bought three years ago.

Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council erected 39 Christmas trees, all real, sourced from a number of forests in Northern Ireland.

It has also had to purchase two replacement trees after the original trees in Coleraine and Castlerock were broken.

Derry and Strabane District Council erected 29 Christmas trees, six of which are artificial. The real trees are all Norway spruces and are sourced from the Duke of Abercorn's estate at Baronscourt in Co Tyrone.

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council erected 22 trees across the district which are all real and sourced from the Baronscourt Estate in Newtownstewart.

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council erected eight Christmas trees across the borough, they are all real and sourced from Portglenone and Randalstown forests.

Mid Ulster District Council has two artificial trees in Dungannon and Coalisland, along with 14 real Christmas trees in its other villages and towns ranging in height from six to 10m.

The trees are Norway spruce and are from Baronscourt Estate in Newtownstewart.

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council is providing 28 Christmas trees to towns and villages throughout the district, two of which are artificial (Downpatrick and Newcastle).

Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council: No response. Its main tree is real.

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