That Christmas authenticity: The tradition of picking your own tree with family can’t be beaten and they provide a wonderful fragrance in the home. For some a real Christmas tree is the only way to go!
Environmentally Friendly: Taking into consideration greenhouse gas emissions, use of resources, fertilisers, pesticides and human health impacts, studies show that an artificial tree would have to be reused for 20 years to be greener than buying a fresh-cut tree once a year. A Christmas tree field is, relative to other agriculture, a very stable, diverse, sheltering and non-toxic habitat and not being a crop for eating can make use of “recycled” land (eg landfill, brownfield). The Forestry Commission states that real trees use about 10 times fewer materials and five times less energy than artificial trees. Also trees grown a few hundred miles away and not manufactured in a factory thousands of miles away allow for a much smaller associated carbon footprint.
Wildlife Habitat: A nine year harvest cycle creates a stable habitat providing a wonderful haven for a wide variety of wildlife, especially birds.
Recyclable/Biodegradable: Real Christmas trees require no manufacturing process, only growing, and are 100% recyclable. Once Christmas is over rather than ending up in landfill sites they can be mulched for landscaping and gardening, or turned into woodchip.
Why a Nordman Fir? The Nordman Fir is the UK’s favourite Christmas tree with its shiny, fragrant, mid green, soft to touch needles that will not fall when taken into a centrally heated house. Thew Nordman has a dense symmetrical habit.
How to best care for your real Christmas tree: When you get the tree home cut an inch off of the bottom of the base (the same as you’d take a bit off the end of cut flowers). Place the tree in a bucket of water for an hour or so while you get the decorations out of the loft, bring in only when you’re ready to decorate the tree. Mount the tree in a water retaining tree stand and place away from direct heat. Keep the stand topped up with water every day.