Do you know where your Christmas tree comes from?
The answer is easy if you buy a Grown in Britain assured Christmas tree.
Our auditing process checks that Christmas trees certified by Grown in Britain are definitely from the UK, grown responsibly and meet a strict forest floor to shop floor freshness test.
We are encouraging consumers to support rural businesses in Britain and make a sustainable choice, by selecting a real Christmas tree and checking where it comes from before you buy.
Each year around £3 million pounds worth of real Christmas trees are imported into the UK, according to Government statistics, all travelling a lot more tree miles than home grown trees.
Grown in Britain is also urging retailers and buyers of imported Christmas trees to source their trees responsibly and ensure robust biosecurity measures are in place.
A new report, published by Grown in Britain this autumn, highlighted fifteen pests and diseases which could potentially enter the UK on imported Christmas trees. Find out more here (link to report).
Around 100,000 Grown in Britain Christmas trees currently certified for sale and the number is rising all the time.
You can make a real difference by asking your stockists to supply certified Grown in Britain trees now and in the future. This will help ensure the number of assured home grown Christmas trees rises over time and provide a consequential boost to the UK’s rural economy.
Grown in Britain Christmas tree certificate holders include the Forestry Commission, which sells Christmas trees at many of its sites across the country. The Forestry Commission’s Head of Recreation Alice Mayne says: “When buying your Christmas tree from the nation’s forests, you can be sure that it is of the highest quality. All of our Christmas trees are sustainably grown and Grown in Britain certified.”
At the Balcombe Estate in Sussex, Head Forester Jamie Kirkman says when he explains what the Grown in Britain brand means, people love it: “Customers are increasingly interested in sourcing local produce and the Grown in Britain licence provides a guarantee that our trees are grown here, not imported.”
If you would like to purchase a Grown in Britain certified Christmas tree, click on the map below to find your nearest supplier