You really know Christmas has arrived when the decorations come out and the Christmas tree goes up, it’s a really magical moment and symbolises the start of the festive season. However choosing the right tree can be a tricky process so a little thought goes a long way. Make sure you measure your space so you don’t have to chop the top off for it to fit in and buy your tree from a reputable supplier where you can see it unwrapped as netted trees can sometimes be damaged.
There are between 6-8 million real Christmas trees sold in the UK every year with the two most popular options being the Nordmann Fir and Norway Spruce and the other less popular options the Fraser Fir and Noble Fir.
Groves Nurseries in Bridport and their smaller nursery Little Groves in Beaminster are well known to the people of Dorset for their high quality trees as they sell, from the last week in November, literally thousands of them to residents and also supply the trees that sit proudly in both Beaminster and Bridport town centres.
They stock both Norway Spruce and Nordmann Firs in a variety of sizes to suit all homes. The Nordmann are more expensive because they are a slow growing tree whereas the Spruces are much faster growing so sell for less.
The Nordmann Fir is a premium non-drop Christmas tree and is very popular and has the distinctive Christmas tree look with its cone shape and glossy green foliage plus less sharp needles which is great if you have small children. Regarded as a relatively low-maintenance tree it is the perfect option for a stress free, but traditional Christmas look and with greater needle retention it will last longer. The striking blue colour beneath the needles give it a contemporary look ideally suited to less decorations and being narrower than a Spruce is good if space is short.
If you’re a stickler for tradition then the Norway Spruce is the perfect tree. Considered the oldest traditional Christmas tree, it is bushy and well-shaped with short, light green needles and has a lovely pine fragrance. However, it must be watered regularly to keep needle drop to a minimum and it does have sharper needles.
Groves Christmas trees are on show unwrapped so you can pick the one you like and they will trim it if it needs to fit in a stand, they also offer a fantastic free 7 day a week delivery service for residents of Beaminster and Bridport who get their tree dropped off at their front doors on the same day if they order by 2pm. They also take special orders for businesses, churches, schools and charities in the area.
They also deliver any Christmas Tree Free on Charge within a 25 mile radius. That's free delivery of Christmas Trees to Bridport, Beaminster, West Bay, Burton Bradstock, Shipton Gorge, Dorchester, Weymouth, Crewkerene, Axminster, Charmouth, Lyme Regis and anywhere in between.
When your tree arrives make sure you choose a well-lit spot where the tree will stand out but definitely not near a radiator or fire which will dry it out and also could be a fire hazard. Make sure as well that it’s not somewhere children, merry guests or the dog could knock into it!
Treat your tree like cut flowers, give it plenty of water, ideally a litre or so a day, and cut the base off just before you put it in water- a tree stand is ideal as it allows you water it and also to secure it.
Decorating the tree together is definitely part of many families’ annual traditions as the Christmas tree is the key focal point of the home during the festive season. Start with the lights, then garlands and finally baubles and just do what pleases you – it is your tree!
More more advice on Christmas Trees or to place your order give Mike Sadler a call on 01308 422654 or email firstname.lastname@example.org