Following recent news, knowing where to buy a real British Christmas tree is extra important this year...
£3m-worth of real Christmas trees were imported into the UK last year, according to government stats. Grown in Britain say consumers and retailers are often unaware that they're buying foreign-grown pines or firs.
3 reasons why you don't want an imported tree
- They are obviously bad for the environment, accounting for excess 'tree miles'.
- They are to the detriment of British Christmas tree farmers.
- They trees themselves often don't last as long, are poorer quality and are unregulated.
They've urged British growers to sign up to a new licensing scheme, and the public to ask sellers to prove the provenance of their trees before they buy. 'Tree miles' not only impact local farmers and the environment, but can also affect a Christmas tree's longevity.
The charity has also created an interactive map listing its licensed growers to allow shoppers to buy a British tree with confidence this year.
How to tell if a Christmas tree is imported
"The UK has a flourishing Christmas tree growing sector and our auditing process checks that trees are definitely from the UK, grown responsibly and meet a strict forest floor to shop floor freshness test," Dougal Driver, Grown in Britain's Chief Executive, says.
“This is the start of the campaign with approximately 30,000 Christmas trees currently licensed for sale, but the public can really make a difference by asking their stockists to supply assured Grown in Britain trees now and in the future. This will help ensure the number of assured homegrown Christmas trees rises over time, with a consequential boost to the UK’s rural economy."
Keep your Christmas tree looking its best by cutting an inch off the trunk and placing it in a bucket of water as soon as you get home. Keep it away from radiators, and top up the water stand regularly.
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