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Christmas tree grower Charlie Hood

Ideal growing conditions and an adaptable retail sector mean the public can look forward to easy access to real British Christmas trees in prime condition this coming festive season.

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Pines and Needles Christmas tree - website

Christmas tree provider Pines and Needles is going green this festive season by ditching plastic artificial trees from its stores.

Founded by Sam and Josh Lyle more than 20 years ago, the company is joining the global drive to be more sustainable in 2019 by only supplying natural firs grown on its picturesque Scottish plantations to customers.

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BCTGA Christmas tree competition - Downing Street 2018 – John, Linda and Jack Junor

Garden Trade Specialist editor Victor Galligan spoke to Farr North Christmas Trees’ owner John Junor about his farm and supplying the Christmas tree to 10 Downing Street…

John Junor has been in the Christmas tree business for over 30 years now, and from his 450 acre-farm in Farr, Inverness-shire, he is currently operating his business alongside his livestock farming role.

John says: “We have sheep and cattle here too, and the trees grow alongside them.”

With a plantation of 250,000 Norman Fir, Norway Spruce and Alaskan Pine trees, Farr North’s main buyers are wholesalers and John is keen to forge links with garden centres too. 

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Christmas Tree choosing

For hundreds of growers across the country, Christmas is more than just a day in the calendar – it’s a year-round job which culminates in December and begins again in January.  Harry Brightwell of the British Christmas Tree Growers Association (BCTGA) and Mark Spurway of Feddal talk to editor Victoria Galligan about life as a Christmas tree grower…

The BCTGA was formed in 1980 to improve the quality of Christmas trees sold in the UK, encouraging the sale of good-quality, live Christmas trees and offering a bar against which all 7million tree sold by its members per year should measure up to.

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