Frequently Asked Questions
Why buy a christmas tree on-line?
How should I look after my tree?
Delivery - what are the charges and how long does it take?
Tell me about environmental impact?
Why Buy On-Line?
- You don't have to make time to go out and pick your tree, - We respect that you have placed your trust in us to send you a beauty.
- You don't have to worry about fitting it in the car.
- You know your tree will be fresh and hasn't been handled by a hundred other Christmas tree hunters who have picked it up and then discarded it.
- You know that your tree is from one of the top growers in the UK.
- Avoids family arguments over which tree to buy.
- No queuing!
- You can order in advance and select a preferred delivery date so that you know that the tree is one less thing to worry about when you enter into the busy Christmas period.
- Finally, it's a great talking point at those numerous Christmas parties!!!
- All tree prices include a personally selected tree that is carefully packaged and delivered direct to your door by our chosen courier.
- Accessories purchased with a tree are delivered free.
- Stands and lights purchased without a tree will have a nominal delivery charge of £3 per consignment.
- All Christmas Puddings will be delivered free.
- At the time of your order, you need to agree to the tree being left unattended once delivered, in case there is nobody at home.
Environmental Information (Extract from BCTGA)
Christmas trees impart huge environmental benefits. They provide an excellent habitat for many bird species - the cycle of growing and harvesting the trees is particularly conducive to bird-life. Christmas trees help to reduce pollution. Each tree converts about 27lb of carbon dioxide into carbon and oxygen every year, and when multiplied by the approximate number growing in Europe (some 400 (+) million), this means that nearly 5 million tones of carbon dioxide are removed from the atmosphere.
British Christmas Tree Growers Association guidelines on caring for your tree
Members of the British Christmas Tree Growers Association provide high quality Christmas Trees, and their aim is to supply the customer with a tree that is absolutely ideal for the centrepiece of the Christmas celebrations.
Trees which are bought directly from members are grown in accordance with the BCTGA environmental Code of Practice and are guaranteed fresh. Provided care is taken in looking after the tree the tree should survive over 4 weeks. Trees should not be purchased earlier than 1st December if guaranteed satisfaction is demanded.
Care of the tree
It is part of the life cycle of the conifer tree that it sheds needles and they will accelerate that shedding particularly if they dry out. Some trees do so more quickly than others. The best way to ensure satisfaction is to care for the tree while it is in your home. A tree should be treated like any plant being brought into a warm, dry atmosphere.
If you are opting for a real tree there are just a few tips for keeping it looking fresh throughout the Christmas season:
- Try and buy your tree from a local UK source thereby guaranteeing it is recently harvested.
- Before you buy your tree check that it looks fresh, healthy and dark green in colour. Once at home, place it in a bucket with plenty of water until you are ready to use it.
- Tap the root of the tree on the ground outside before you bring it in to shake off any loose needles and chop one inch off the bottom to allow it to take up the maximum amount of water.
- Place your tree in a cool spot away from a radiator in a bucket with some gravel and two pints of water. Ensure the water stays topped up - you will be surprised how much it will use.
It is essential that cut trees should be fresh when purchased. The needles should not be dull and dried up. The branches should not be brittle. The outer needles should not fall off if the tree is gently shaken.
After you have bought your tree it should be kept outside in a cool shaded place, preferably standing in water, until it is required indoors. Before bringing the tree indoors it is an advantage if about half an inch is cut off the butt in order to open up the pores of the tree. Mount it in a water-holding stand or wedge it in a bucket with pebbles, small stones or screwed up newspaper, and place it away from direct heat. Keep the container topped up with water every day; you will be surprised how much it needs.