No artificial tree will ever give you the full experience of opening up the living room door on Christmas morning to the delightful aroma of a beautifully decorated and vibrantly healthy looking Christmas Tree taking centre stage for the most wonderful day of the year!
Locally sourced, freshly cut Premium Christmas Trees. Including: Traditional Spruce, Nordman Fir and Frazer Fir displayed out of nets in our Barn. Parking on Hard Standing.
We have been selling Christmas Trees here at the farm for over 30 years!
We don’t sell…
For those who are in the know there are two types of Christmas Trees (Not including plastic):
Second Grade trees are cheap to buy but are of poor quality and badly misshapen. You can come to expect that these will lose many of their needles and look half dead by Christmas day, let alone New Years Eve! It is little wonder this is the case as a number are imported (Which is usually why they are cheap) and have been cut as early as October in order to ship them over in time for December sales. Some vendors hide the misshaped trees by keeping them in their nets. This makes it almost impossible to tell what they look like when they are opened up.
We do sell…
The other type is your British sourced, sustainably grown and lovingly cared for tree. Our trees have been cut often as close as the day before we open. We are very proud of our long term wholesale supplier who is also located in Buckinghamshire. We have been selling his trees for many years because of his consistent high quality and the fact that they are so freshly cut. All trees are premium quality which means they are of the best in the field. Each one is a masterpiece and we sell them out of nets and on display in our large barn.
We are fully staffed to offer a very friendly service and we also have a hard standing car parking available. There is no need to get your shoes muddy!
Nordman Fir– dark green foliage and soft leaves, with good needle retention
Traditional Spruce– Often regarded as the traditional tree. It is usually a tidy pyramid shape with a typical Christmas tree smell.
Frazer Fir– leaner in shape with much denser foliage and a lovely balsam fragrance.
Advice when buying Christmas Trees
Which is better for the environment, Real or Artificial?
Most British grown Christmas Trees are sustainably grown which means that they have been grown purposely for Christmas Tree Sales. During their lifetime they absorb CO2 and release Oxygen in to the atmosphere. They also provide shelter for birds and wildlife while they are growing. According to the Carbon Trust “Real trees have much lower carbon footprints than artificial Christmas trees. 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.”
Why buy a British grown tree?
Buying British grown trees means that you are contributing to the economy and helping the agricultural sector as well as helping the environment. Trees grown in Britain can be cut very close to being sold which means that you receive a tree which should last right through the festivities. Locally grown trees also have a reduced carbon footprint due to the shorter haulage distance.
How do I know if I am buying a fresh tree?
A freshly cut tree will have a healthy green appearance with little or no browning needles. Run a branch through your hand and check that the needles are flexible and dont fall off in your hand. Raise the tree a few inches above the ground and drop it on its butt. Very few green needles should fall off however it isn’t abnormal for a few brown needles from the centre to drop. Check the colour of the butt where it has been cut. If it has been cut recently it should be a light cream colour. If it is dark brown or dark grey then it has been cut a while ago and probably won’t last the season.
How do I care for my Christmas Tree to keep it looking at its best?
When the tree is brought home and depending on how long ago the tree was cut some people like to cut an inch or so from the butt in order to open up the pores for water absorption. Keep the tree outside in a cool, shaded place, standing in water, until you are ready to bring it inside to decorate it. When you are ready to decorate your tree place it in a stand which holds water and keep the water topped up throughout the season. Remember to place your tree away from heat sources such as radiators.
How long does a Christmas Tree take to grow and what care goes in to it?
A 6-7ft Chrismas Tree takes on average 10-12 years to grow. During this time the farmer will fertilise, shape, prune and keep it healthy ready for sale.
What are the most popular types available and what is the difference?
Nordmann Fir make up around 80% of Christmas Tree Sales, Norway Spruce 10-15%, other types 5-10%
• Nordmann Fir – dark green foliage and soft leaves, with good needle retention (Estimated 80% Sales)
• Norway Spruce – often regarded as the traditional tree, it is usually a tidy pyramid shape with a typical Christmas tree smell.
• Fraser Fir – leaner in shape with much denser foliage and a lovely balsam fragrance.
Did you know?
-Every year since 1947, the tree in London’s Trafalgar Square has been a gift from the city of Oslo, Norway.
-In a 2004 survey of the nation’s favourite smells, real Christmas trees came eighth just behind the sea but ahead of perfume.
-Manufactured Christmas tree ornaments were first sold by Woolworths in 1880.
-The 16thcentury 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.
-England’s first Christmas tree was brought to Windsor by Charlotte, wife of George III, in 1800…
…but it was the trees brought in the 1840s by Prince Albert, consort of Queen Victoria, that led to their popularity throughout the UK.
-The first use of the term ‘Christmas tree’ in English was in 1835.
-The world’s tallest Christmas tree at 221ft high was erected in a Washington shopping mall in 1950.
Facts and figures from ‘The Carbon Trust’ and ‘BCTGA’