With Christmas fast approaching, here’s some useful quotes on stats and facts which may well assist your editorial team this season.
WILL PRICES BE THE SAME AS LAST YEAR?
Harry Brightwell, secretary of the BCTGA said: “We expect prices to be very similar to last year For a 6-7 ft Nordman grown by a BCTGA member, you will most likely be paying in the region of £45 to £55. For a Norway Spruce this would be between £25 and £35 typically. Prices do vary across the country, and premium trees can cost more.”
HOW CAN I FIND OUT WHO STOCKS A TREE IN MY AREA?
If you visit our website at BCTGA.CO.UK, you will be able to access a list of BCTGA members within a radius of your home. It’s always a good idea to ring a couple to get a sense of price and varieties they sell.
WHICH IS THE MOST POPULAR VARIETY?
About 80% of the trees sold are Nordman FIR around 10-15% Norway Spruce, and the remainder are lesser known varieties. Why not take a look at other varieties?
WHY SHOULD I BUY FROM A BCTGA MEMBER? WHY BRITISH?
All BCTGA members are asked to comply with a code of practice so that British Christmas trees are grown to the best environmental and sustainable practice. Members aim to grow quality Christmas trees that with the appropriate care will survive the duration of their festivities.
REAL OR ATIFICIAL?
HOW DO I KNOW I’M CHOOSING A FRESH TREE?
A fresh tree will have a healthy green appearance with few browning needles. Needles should be flexible and not fall off if you run a branch through your hand. Raise the tree a few inches off the ground and drop it on the butt end. Very few green needles should drop off the tree but it is normal for a few inner brown needles to drop off.
HOW DO I KEEP MY TREE AT ITS BEST?
When the tree is brought home it is an advantage if about half an inch is cut off the butt in order to open up the pores of the tree. The tree should be kept outside in a cool shaded place, standing in water, until it is required indoors. When the tree is brought indoors mount it in a water-holding stand and place it away from direct heat, such as a radiator. Keep the container topped up with water every day; you will be surprised how much the tree drinks.
WHO WON THIS YEAR’S BCTGA NATIONAL COMPETITION?
Dinmore Hill Trees at Festive Farm in Wellington, Hereford.