Christmas Trees

Five reasons to buy a Great British Christmas Tree

Grown in Britain is urging consumers and retailers to choose certified British grown Christmas trees this winter.  

Use of the British flag on products can be deceptive, but the Grown in Britain logo provides an independent assurance that Christmas trees are grown in the UK, high on quality and freshness and low on tree miles.

Here are our top five reasons for buying a Grown in Britain certified tree:

  1. Grown in Britain labelled Christmas trees have to meet strict freshness standards, which helps them last longer.
  2. The UK has a flourishing Christmas tree sector and buying a home grown tree supports local rural businesses.
  3. It’s a sustainable choice – around £3 million worth of real Christmas trees are imported into the UK each year – travelling a lot more tree miles than locally grown trees.
  4. Real Christmas trees are more environmentally friendly than artificial trees and our certified trees are great quality, from growers located right across the UK. Find out the location of your nearest certified Christmas trees here
  5. A new report published by Grown in Britain has highlighted the risk that imported Christmas trees could provide a pathway for new tree pests and diseases to enter the UK. Read the report here.

Find a Grown in Britain Christmas tree near you

Grown in Britain’s Christmas tree certification scheme operates throughout the supply chain from growers to retailers. Around 100,000 Christmas trees across the UK are currently certified by Grown in Britain and the number is rising all the time. 

Grown in Britain Christmas tree certificate holders include:

 

   

Find out the location of your nearest Grown in Britain certified Christmas tree here

Want to know more about Christmas trees and biosecurity?

A new Grown in Britain report on Christmas trees and the threat from imported pests and diseases highlights the need for retailers and buyers of imported Christmas trees to source their trees responsibly and ensure robust biosecurity measures are in place.

The report uses data gathered and analysed by the Defra Plant Health Risk and Horizon Scanning Team. It identifies fifteen pests which could potentially hitchhike into this country on imported Christmas trees – six of these are currently considered absent from the UK. You can read the full report here

This autumn, Grown in Britain and Defra’s Plant Health Risk and Horizon Scanning team held a briefing event on Christmas trees and biosecurity with an opening address from Lord Gardiner and speakers including Nicola Spence, Defra Chief Plant Health Officer, Clair Gent, Defra Pest Risk Analyst, Grown in Britain’s CEO Dougal Driver and Forestry England’s Director of Operations, James Simpson.  

Grown in Britain’s Christmas tree certification scheme:

If you want to know more about the Grown in Britain Christmas tree certification scheme and why it is important to check where your tree comes from before you buy, click on the links below or contact us on 0117 958 2189 or email enquiries@growninbritain.org.

Find out where you can buy a Grown in Britain licensed Christmas tree: