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CHRISTMAS
The best way to celebrate the festive season is
with a glorious Christmas tree. But other than
size, what are the things to consider when
buying your Christmas centerpiece?
Henley Life
spoke to Forestry Commission
England to find out which species are used for
their forest Christmas trees, what are the
differences and how to look after them.
Norway Spruce
Considered the traditional Christmas tree, the
Norway Spruce is best known for a wonderful
shape and an abundance of branches so it’s
great for hanging lots of decorations on and
it has the perfect ‘Christmassy’ scent.
Who does it suit?
With a long-lasting scent and a traditional
shape, Norway Spruce trees are perfect for
those who appreciate the classic look and
smell of Christmas.
Nordmann Fir
These have soft foliage and an even shape –
making it a joy to decorate with its glossy,
dark green needles that have a whitish/light
blue underside.
Who does it suit?
With its big needles which are lovely and soft,
Nordmann fir are perfect for those with
young children and those with enough space
to show it off – approxiomately 5ft of space
for a 6 ft tree.
Lodgepole Pine
The Lodgepole Pine is an ideal Christmas tree
due to its bushy appearance and luscious
long green needles, with branches that point
upwards and have a wonderful pine scent.
Who does it suit?
With the best needle retention of them all,
Lodgepole Pine trees are perfect for those
who like a long festive season and decorate
their tree as early as possible. But plan where
to put this tree as it needs a high ceiling.
Caring for your Christmas tree to
prolong its appearance
1. Cut off 2.5cm from the trunk to aid with
water absorption
2. Put the tree in a stand with the trunk
immersed in water
3. Keep your tree in a cool, dry space. Away
from radiators and fires
4. Water your tree regularly
Why buy real from a Forestry
Commission Forest?
1. Real trees use 10 times fewer materials and
five times less energy than artificial trees.
2. They are completely biodegradable.
3. They are grown in the UK
4. A tree is planted for every tree harvested
5. You’ll have a free baby sapling, to plant
your own tree
6. It will also come with a certificate of
authenticity to guarantee the tree’s quality,
which will be signed by Santa himself.
To find your nearest forest sales centre
and local Christmas activities visit
Choosing the perfect
Christmas tree
The decorated Christmas
tree at Hurley House Hotel
HENLEY
life
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