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.