Who are we

The British Christmas Tree Growers Association is dedicated to represent and actively support growers; whilst championing naturally, beautiful British Christmas trees.

With over 320 members who sell approximately 8 million trees per year, the BCTGA is truly be the voice of the industry. 

The Aims of the BCTGA are to:- 

  • Promote the benefits and sales of excellent British Christmas trees.
  • Provide relevant and timely information to growers.
  • Encourage the exchange of ideas and information. 
  • Provide a logo which is a “kite mark”, giving consumers confidence that they have bought a quality, local Christmas tree.

The BCTGA is open to every grower of UK Christmas trees and offers its members information, trials, open days, competitions, and a supportive community.

Our support for growers is ever more valuable as consumers search for the best family experiences in the run-up to Christmas. Going out and selecting a tree is the start of the seasonal magic for many and the smell of a real Christmas tree is one of the most evocative parts of the festive season.

The Scent of Christmas

Nothing beats a real Christmas tree, grown sustainably and available from our UK-wide network of BCTGA members. Benefits of a real tree includes:

Authentic – Nothing quite matches a real Christmas tree as the centrepiece for your home, it look stunning and its evocative, evergreen fragrance is the scent that says Christmas. A real tree excites our seasonal senses and helps to create the ideal festive atmosphere. Decorate it as you wish, with treasured ornaments, collected over many years – it is always a joy to re-open the box of treasured baubles.

Environment – A real pine or fir tree absorbs carbon dioxide and releases oxygen, a service that cannot be provided by artificial trees. The Carbon Trust state that a real Christmas tree has a significantly lower carbon footprint than an artificial tree.

Experience – Buying a British grown Christmas tree is a unique experience. Why not make visiting one our growers a fun, family tradition in the run up to the festivities? By doing so, you can choose the perfect tree for your home. Shared experiences make happy memories and start the festive feeling.

Local – Buy a tree from our members and you will be supporting a local business, many of which are independent family-run enterprises that supports local employment and the wider economy.

 

Choose the Right Christmas Tree

Nordmann Fir – This is the most popular Christmas Tree in the UK as it has excellent needle retention, with lush, dark green needles. They are symmetrical trees with strong branches, great for displaying ornaments.

Fraser Fir – These trees have great fragrance with dark green, needles that are silvery underneath. Good needle retention and a pyramid-shaped, strong branches which turn upward.

Noble Fir – Ideal for great needle retention and a fresh fragrance. With bluish-green needles and short, stiff branches; great for heavier ornaments; keeps well.

Douglas Fir – Probably the strongest scent of all Christmas trees, very popular in the USA.

A true fir with great shape but a little harder to decorate with baubles as usually much denser.

Norway Spruce – Keep them well watered for good needle retention and enjoy this traditional Christmas tree which is dark green and has a strong fragrance along with a great conical shape.

Blue Spruce – Beautiful, unique blue colouring, needs watering well and has good stiff branches, great for hanging heavy decorations. An ideal small or second tree.

Lodgepole Pine – A low needle-drop tree with beautiful tapering branches, that rarely lose their needles if well hydrated. The needles are green/yellow in colour. The traditionalists Christmas tree.

Serbian Spruce - Tall and slender, with graceful upswept branches. It has glossy dark green needles with slender streaks of white, a very good ornamental alternative.