Pensioner forced to chop down beloved Christmas tree grown from seedling after it grew to 25ft

A christmas tree

The Christmas Tree has grown from a sapling (file pic)

George Bunn

By George Bunn

Published: 27/11/2023

- 11:10

Nannette Stratton, 78, now needs help to cut it down

A pensioner is being forced to cut down a beloved Christmas tree after growing it from a seedling.

Nannette Stratton, 78, received the seedling when it was just six inches tall 25 years ago.

Over the last two decades, the young tree shot up by a foot every year and now overshadows her house.

Now Nannette from Christchurch, Dorset is looking for help for someone to cut down the tree.

WATCH HERE: Should we save the turkeys this Christmas?

Nannette's husband, Norman, who died, aged 90, earlier this year, spotted the offer in The Sun.

She said: "It was tiny, it looked so pathetic me and my husband never thought it would grow.

"I put it in a flower pot but I had to keep repotting it until I put it in the front garden. Now it’s nearly up to the roof.

"I love it but it blocks out light to my bedroom."


Christmas Tree

The Christmas tree has grown for 25 years


Great-gran Nannette, from Christchurch, Dorset, now needs someone to chop it down or dig it up

Ideally, she said she wants to take it to a charity, council, school or a care home.

She said: "It is such a beautiful tree, a lovely shape and so green.

"I’d love to see it finally covered in Christmas lights."

A close up on a Christmas tree

Great-gran Nannette, from Christchurch, Dorset, now needs someone to chop it down


Last year, GB News reported that Christmas tree needles contain luteolin, a chemical that can stop tumour growth.

Experts claim this could help beat cancer.

Needles from discarded trees were dried and ground to extract the luteolin.

Then added to mouth cancer cells and rapidly-growing ones were cut by more than half.

You may like