IF you’re looking for a real Christmas tree, wreath or floral decoration, then pay a visit to the council-run Hillingdon Rural Activities Garden Centre in West Drayton Road, Hillingdon.

You can take home a Nordmann non-drop fir tree from £40. Reservations are open, with home deliveries available at a small charge.  

Cllr Eddie Lavery, Cabinet Member for Residents’ Services, said: “We are very proud of the RAGC and the oasis of calm and nature it provides for our residents.  

“We know gardening has both physical and mental benefits, so I’d encourage anyone that hasn’t been there yet to seek it out and pick up some lovely Christmas plants while they’re there. 

“The RAGC goes further than mainstream garden centres by offering a space where adults with learning and development disabilities get an opportunity to work outdoors, socialise with others and learn new skills under the supervision of the fantastic staff on site. They really are the heart of the centre.” 

The RAGC had its own Christmas miracle recently when staff from Heathrow-based specialist construction company Mace took on a project to remove two condemned glasshouses free of charge.  

The RAGC, one of the borough’s best kept secrets, has been supporting the community for 40 years by providing educational and employment opportunities to young people and adults with additional needs.  

They grow and sell fruit and vegetables and a wide variety of plants grown from seeds, plug plants and cuttings throughout the year.