Great British Christmas Trees – Freshness Assured
Grown in Britain has launched a campaign to encourage UK consumers to buy more certified British grown Christmas trees.
We are urging retailers and consumers to support rural businesses in Britain and reduce ‘tree miles’ by checking where their Christmas tree comes from before they buy.
According to Government statistics, £3 million pounds worth of real Christmas trees were imported into the UK last year.
Many retailers and consumers may be assuming that they are buying fresh British grown trees, when they are not.
Grown in Britain has created a Christmas tree licensing scheme that operates throughout the supply chain from growers to retailers and provides an assurance that trees are fresh and grown in the UK in a responsible way with due regard to the environment.
Find out more about Grown in Britain licensed Christmas trees by clicking on the links below.
CHRISTMAS TREES AND BIOSECURITY BRIEFING EVENT – 14 OCTOBER 2019
Grown in Britain is holding a briefing on Christmas trees and biosecurity issues in London on 14 October. The morning event is being held jointly with Defra and hosted by them at Noble House.
The event will have an opening address by Lord Gardiner of Kimble, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Rural Affairs and Biosecurity, followed by presentations on Christmas trees and biosecurity from Nicola Spence, the UK Chief Plant Health Officer and Claire Gent from Defra’s Plant Health Risk and Horizon Scanning team.
The Forestry Commission will be providing an overview of risks for trees, woods and forests and we will be giving an update on the Grown in Britain certification scheme, which provides an assurance that Christmas trees are grown in this country, meet strict freshness standards and have been subject to regular biosecurity checks.
We hope that the event will draw attention to the risk that Christmas trees imported from mainland Europe could be providing a pathway for new tree pests and diseases to enter the UK. A report recently published by Grown in Britain highlights fifteen pests which could potentially enter this country on imported Christmas trees. According to data extracted from the UK Plant Health Risk Register, six of these pests, including the pine processionary moth and Siberian fir woolly aphid, are currently considered absent from the UK.
Find out where you can buy a Grown in Britain licensed Christmas tree: