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We love a real tree and we love going to choose one. It’s our favourite lead-up-to-Christmas activity and all the joy that goes with it.
At our local forest, Birches valley there are stalls to buy your decorations from, food and hot chocolate and even a stall selling mulled wine. Mmmmmm!
Choosing the right tree
Choosing your Christmas tree is undoubtedly one of the highlights of the festive season, but other than the size, what are the things to consider when buying your tree?
Each tree species can be a little bit different in size, scent and needle retention so it’s difficult to know which one is perfect for you. To help you find the perfect match this Christmas, Forestry Commission England has created a simple guide on its three most popular trees.
The Norway spruce is the traditional Christmas tree – it’s known for:
- A wonderful shape and an abundance of branches – great for hanging lots of decorations!
- A lovely ‘Christmassy’ scent that’s perfect at this time of year
- Being a little sharp and spikey to touch
Who does it suit?
With a long lasting scent and a traditional shape, Norway spruce are perfect for those who appreciate the classic look and smell of Christmas.
It’s best to buy your Norway Spruce nearer to Christmas as it can lose its needles quite quickly once brought indoors. To help your spruce retain its needles for longer, keep it away from the radiator and ensure it’s watered every day.
The Nordmann fir is the most popular Christmas tree in Europe – it’s known for:
- Having soft foliage and an even shape – making it a joy to decorate!
- Glossy, dark green needles that have a whitish/light blue underside
- Strong branches, which are great for hanging those big glass decorations
Who does it suit?
With its big needles which are lovely and soft, Nordmann fir are perfect for those with young children.
Our top quality Nordmann fir can be quite a wide tree, so you will need reasonable space to show it off to its best. For a 6ft tall tree allow approximately 5ft space.
The Lodgepole pine looks best in a big space with high ceilings – it’s known for:
- It’s bushy appearance and luscious long green needles
- Branches that point upwards
- That wonderful pine scent
- It’s great needle retention, which makes it a long lasting tree
Who does it suit?
With the best needle retention of them all, Lodgepole pines are perfect for those who like to decorate their tree and little earlier and don’t want Christmas to end.
The long needles on Lodgepole pines draw attention to any decorations. More is definitely more with this tree!
Real v’s fake
Being experts in trees, woodland and sustainable forestry, Forestry Commission England’s real Christmas trees are so good, even Santa has given his stamp of approval. But why buy real?
Real trees use 10 times fewer materials and five times less energy than artificial trees. And they are completely biodegradable.
Forestry Commission England only sell trees that are grown in the UK in a well-managed way and more trees are planted each year than harvested. This year, you can even plant your own!
Every tree sold will come with a free baby sapling, allowing you to plant and grow you own real Christmas tree for the future.
It will also come with a certificate of authenticity to guarantee the trees quality, which will be signed by Santa himself.
There is also so much more to offer than just buying a tree. Many of the Forestry commission sales centres offer a whole Christmas experience including a Santa’s grotto and a whole range of activities for both little and big kids to get into the festive spirit!
To find your nearest centre, purchase a 100% Santa approved Christmas tree online or check out top tree tips on keeping your tree fresh and healthy over the festive holidays visit www.forestry.gov.uk/christmas
WIN your very own REAL Santa approved tree!
Ho ho ho you lucky lovelies! We are giving you the chance to win your very own REAL Christmas tree up to the value of £45!
That’s right! One lucky winner will be able to go and choose and pick their own tree, and not only that, you’ll recieve a free baby sapling, allowing you to plant and grow you own real Christmas tree for the future. How awesome is that?
To be in with a chance of winning your very own Forestry commission tree simply answer the following question by leaving a comment below!
Question: Where is your local forestry commission?
Terms and conditions apply
Childcare is Fun! T&C’s can be read here
Competition ends Midnight 24th November (winner will be contacted and announced on social media)
Voucher will entitle holder to a REAL Christmas tree up to the value of £45
Voucher will expire 24/12/2016
Voucher will entitle winner to a forestry commission tree from a forestry commission England sales centre
Voucher is non-transferable and may not be resold
Voucher must be printed and handed over when making a redemption for verification purposes
No replacement will be given for lost vouchers