Collect picture of the Rowlands's Christmas tree in 1979 when it was first planted. Retired couple Avril Rowlands, 75, and her husband Christopher, 76, from Inkberrow, Worcestershire, have decorated their huge Christmas tree which they planted as a sapling more than 40 years ago, despite the covid pandemic and are able to bring a little bit of light to their small village. SWNS story SWMDtree. A huge 60ft Christmas tree lights up an entire neighbourhood over 40 years after it was planted as a sapling. Avril Rowlands and her husband Christopher stuck the 6ft fir in their front garden after enjoying their first Christmas at their new home in 1978. The tree purchased for £6 from a local garden centre now towers above their four-bedroom detached property and the couple hire a cherry picker to decorate it with more than 1,000 lights.