Christmas tree growers unify
By Pippa Shanks
The £7 million Christmas tree trade is suffering at the hands of roadside “cowboys” who are giving the public a raw deal. So believes the British Christmas Tree Growers’ Association which has now been officially launches with 48 members.
The Association says it aims to promote sales of live Christmas trees, provide marketing information to growers and encourages the exchange of ideas and information. It also aims to produce “kite mark” to label members’ trees with a stamp of quality.
That article was published in 1980.
The BCTGA 30 years later has well over 320 members and it is estimated they sell around 6 to 8 million trees per year. The role of the Association has not changed and the BCTGA Logo is now well known as a symbol of quality. We have a Code of Practice to promote trees being grown in an environmental and sustainable manner for the customer.