With the growing concerns of climate change everybody seems to be making a conscious effort to reduce their carbon footprint. This is why it is essential that we all understand the benefits of buying a real Christmas tree.
Firstly, all the millions of real trees sold in the UK every year have been purposely grown for Christmas. Whilst they are alive they are taking the carbon dioxide from the air and releasing oxygen back into the atmosphere. An average 6 foot tree will have been doing this for around 7 years, and there is a constant planting programme in place to ensure we do not run out. These also provide a perfect habitat for wildlife.
We also have to consider that with artificial trees there are many manufactured products used in their construction, oil for starters! Then there are the gallons of fuel burnt in order to ship them across the sea from afar. Not forgetting a minimum of 10 years it will take for them to degrade on landfill. It really isn’t the way forward!
Here at Burston Garden Centre we believe in stocking only the very best products on the market. Christmas trees are no different. We will be stocking several different varieties this year to satisfy all needs.
The traditional Spruce and needle retaining ‘Nordmann’ will be available in a range of sizes as cut trees and a small selection of pot-grown trees as well.
For something a little different we have the ‘Lodge Pole Pine’, ‘Fraser Fir’ and the ‘Blue Spruce’.
Shop early if you really fancy something different as they are in limited numbers.
Do not feel that by leaving it later you will get a fresher tree. All Christmas trees are cut at the same time!
To ensure you get the tree you are after, buy early. This way you will get the best choice and more importantly you will be able to give your tree the best start for Christmas.
How? Simple. We will not only help you pick the right tree for you. We like to cut a slice off the bottom of the trunk after you choose your tree, this helps the tree drink water which in turn helps with needle retention. Once your tree has been netted by us, it will fit into your car more easily.
Your tree should be nice and dry as we keep them in our outside covered area. When you get your tree home, put it in a bucket of water outside for as long as possible (preferably out of its net, although we appreciate it becomes tricky to get it through a standard single door). When you are ready to bring your Christmas tree in, just remember not to put it next to any heating units such as radiators.
When you have finished with your tree cut all the branches off. Either put them into your compost bin or into your council compost recycle wheelie bin. Cut the trunk into 10-inch slices and stack in a quiet corner of the garden to help encourage wildlife.