Keeping it Real: Which Christmas tree is right for you? (and how to make it last!)
With the festive season fast approaching, there’s one thing that will always get us in the Christmas spirit; picking your perfect real Christmas tree!
If you’ve been before, you’ll already know that you’ll be spoilt for choice. Coming in lots of different shapes and sizes, we’ve teamed up with our friends at Forestry Commission England to help you to see the wood for the trees, and find your perfect seasonal showstopper.
So whether you’re planning to decorate with tonnes of tinsel, loads of lights, or keeping it simple this year, here’s our guide to picking the perfect real Christmas tree for you.
Norway Spruce: the classic Christmas treeWhen you think of a Christmas tree, chances are you’re picturing a Norway spruce. With a classic shape and plenty of branches to host all your decorations, this is also a great choice for that Christmassy-scent we all love about real Christmas trees.
Perfect for sprucing up your home this festive season (see what we did there?), make your tree last longer by keeping it away from radiators or fires, and giving it a good water every day.
And if the smell of spruce is what keeps you picking up a real Christmas tree each year, we love this top tip: grind up the needles and add to some melted wax for a super quick and easy candle that you can enjoy all year round! - or a great gift idea.
Nordmann Fir: the child-friendly treeToddlers and trees aren’t exactly a match made in heaven, but this tree has swapped sharp needle branches for a beautifully soft foliage. The bigger needles are much safer for little hands, and with a glossy dark green finish, they make quite the centrepiece in a living room.
This festive fir is certainly not shy and retiring though. For a 6ft tree you’ll need to allow a 5ft wide space, so definitely not the best choice if you’re short on space this Christmas.
Lodgepole Pine: the long-lasting treeIf you’re a big fan of Christmas and like to get your decorations up as early as possible, this real Christmas tree is your perfect match. It has the best needle retention of the bunch, so being eager and starting early won’t leave you with a bare tree come the big day.
Big and bushy, this pine has luscious long green needles, upward branches and an irresistible pine scent that’s enough to get the Grinch in the festive spirit.
These trees tend to be pretty tall, so make sure you measure the height of your ceilings before picking yours - you’ll want to leave plenty of room for your angel to sit on top!
Still can’t choose? Answer some super easy questions and this quiz will reveal the Christmas tree you should pick this year. Go on, give it a go, and make sure you leave a comment to tell us your result!
Ready to go and get yours? Real Christmas trees are available directly from Forestry Commission England forests all across the UK, and with 14 sites to choose from, we’ll bet there’s one near you. All trees come with a free sapling and a certificate to show Santa’s seal of approval, it doesn’t get better than that!
How to make your real Christmas tree last:
With a showstopping tree in your living room, one of the top questions is how to make it last until the big day. There’s nothing worse than a carpet with more needles than your tree, so luckily help is on hand.
- Cut 2.5cm from the bottom of the trunk, to help it absorb water more easily
- Immerse the tree trunk in water, so that it has plenty to drink (it’s thirsty work for trees!)
- Keep your tree in a cool, dry space, away from radiators and fires
- Water your tree regularly to keep it in top condition
Pick up your real Christmas tree from the following sites around the UK:
Birches Valley Forest Centre, Cannock │ Delamere Forest, Cheshire │ Sherwood Pines, Nottinghamshire │ Moors Valley Country Park, Hampshire* │ Queen Elizabeth Country Park, Hampshire* │ Dalby Forest, North Yorkshire │ Bedgebury National Pinetum & Forest, Kent* │ Hamsterley Forest, County Durham* │ Whinlatter Forest, Cumbria* │ Wyre Forest, Worcestershire │ Haldon Forest, Devon │ Cardinham Woods, Cornwall* │ Wendover Woods, Buckinghamshire* │ Alice Holt, Surrey*
* Trees available from 1st December