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Issues Advice and Stats

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.

We ask people to look for a British grown tree because it is good for the economy, for agriculture and for the environment. Buying British means money is going directly back into the country's economy and helping provide employment in the agricultural sector. It’s also good for the environment providing shelter for birds and wildlife while the trees are growing.

REAL OR ATIFICIAL?

Help protect the environment and save planet earth.
The bulk of plastic trees are imported from China, enlarging their carbon footprint.
States:
"A real pine or fir tree naturally absorbs CO2 and releases oxygen.”
“The Carbon Trust estimates that a 2 metre artificial tree has a carbon footprint around 40kg CO2e, …….. more than ten times that of real trees that are burnt.”

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. 

 
They will now present a Christmas Tree to the official residence of the Prime Minister in the first week of December. 
 
Making it a double-victory for the county of Hereford, Champion Wreath category went in the favour of Brian Taylor – of Allensmore Nurseries in Hereford. 
 
The runner up prize in the Champion Tree category was presented to Swansea grower Rob Morgan, of Gower Fresh Christmas Trees.
 
He will be asked to provide the tree for the Pillared Room of Number 10.