We can offer a delivery service to customers who come and select their tree in store. Delivery charges will apply depending on locality.
Yes you can, although we are not always available to answer. Please leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as we can.
We open on the 19th November until the 24th December. Please refer to our contact page for our opening hours.
A typical 6 to 7 feet high Christmas tree is between 10 and 12 years old. Seed is collected from trees either in the wild or in specially selected seed orchards, sown in a nursery where the seedlings then grow for three to four years. The young plants are then planted by a grower and grown on for a further seven to nine years.
The grower has to shape and prune the tree, and keep it healthy, ready for the customer to enjoy.
The most popular varieties are:
• Nordmann Fir – dark green foliage and soft leaves, with good needle retention
• Norway Spruce – often regarded as the traditional tree, it is usually a tidy pyramid shape with a typical Christmas tree smell.
• Blue Spruce – elegant with natural blue foliage.
The BCTGA estimate about 80% of the trees sold are Nordmann Fir around 10-15% Norway Spruce, and the remainder are lesser known varieties.
As a BCTGA member, we are asked to comply with a code of practice so that British Christmas trees are grown to the best environmental and sustainable practice.
We aim to grow quality Christmas trees that with the appropriate care will survive the duration of the festivities.
We ask people to buy British grown trees because it is good for the economy, for agriculture and for the environment. Buying British means money is going directly back into the country’s economy and helping provide employment in the agricultural sector. It’s also good for the environment providing shelter for birds and wildlife while the trees are growing.
Buying a real Christmas tree helps to protect the environment. The bulk of plastic trees are imported, usually from China, enlarging the overall carbon footprint.
“A real pine or fir tree naturally absorbs CO2 and releases oxygen.”
“The Carbon Trust estimates that a 2-metre artificial tree has a carbon footprint around 40kg CO2e, … more than ten times that of real trees that are burnt.”
A fresh tree will have a healthy green appearance with few browning needles. Needles should be flexible and not fall off if you run a branch through your hand. Raise the tree a few inches off the ground and drop it on the butt end. Very few green needles should drop off the tree but it is normal for a few inner brown needles to drop off. Come along and speak to one of our experts about purchasing a Christmas Tree.
When the tree is brought home, it is advantageous if about half an inch is cut off the butt in order to open up the pores of the tree. The tree should be kept outside in a cool shaded place, standing in water, until it is required indoors. When the tree is brought indoors, mount it in a water-holding stand and place it away from direct heat, such as a radiator. Keep the container topped up with water every day; you will be surprised how much the tree drinks.
1. Every year since 1947, the tree in London’s Trafalgar Square has been a gift from the city of Oslo, Norway.
2. In a survey of the nation’s favourite smells, real Christmas trees came eighth just behind the sea but ahead of perfume.
3. Manufactured Christmas tree ornaments were first sold by Woolworths in 1880.
4. Even before the time of Christ, evergreen trees were seen in winter as a symbol of fertility
5. The 16th century monk, Martin Luther, is credited with the idea of lights on Christmas trees by adding candles to his tree to look like stars in a forest.
6. England’s first Christmas tree was brought to Windsor by Charlotte, wife of George III, in 1800…
7. …but it was the trees brought in the 1840s by Prince Albert, consort of Queen Victoria, that led to their popularity throughout the UK.
8. The first use of the term ‘Christmas tree’ in English was in 1835.
9. The world’s tallest Christmas tree at 221ft high was erected in a Washington shopping mall in 1950.