Henley Life - page 28

CHRISTMAS
For 40 years Andrew Ingram has been
supplying Great Britain with his award-
winning trees from Tree Farm at Christmas
Common. This year he is the first grower in the
UK to introduce the ‘tree du jour’ – Abies Lasio
Carpa Arizonica.
Andrew has responded to customer demand
to supply a ‘blue’ tree. This blue-tinged fir
(pictured) is a native of Arizona so likes drier
conditions.
In the past a blue Spruce has been used but
these tend to be difficult to handle, as they
are sharp and spikey, and do not have a
traditional smell.
Six years ago Andrew planted the first Lazio
Carpa and they are now large enough to sell.
“It holds its needles longer and it is much
softer and kinder to handle,” said Andrew. “It
seems to like growing here, but we are the
only farm in the country growing them. It’s
a different look, blue rather than green.”
It is no wonder that Andrew and his
experienced team are able to live up to a
challenge as their horticultural expertise has
been recognised on several occasions.
The British Christmas Tree Growers
Association holds an annual competition for
the best tree – the prize being the honour of
supplying the tree to 10 Downing Street.
Andrew’s Tree Farm is the only grower in
the country to have won this honour more
than once, and they have now won three
times.
Although they did not enter the
competition this year, the Ingrams are kept
super busy in the run up to Christmas.
Their trees will be seen at many of the
Oxford Colleges and some of London’s best
hotels including the Savoy and the Ritz.
A few changes have been afoot at Tree Farm
with the introduction of an extra car park to
make the customer’s tree buying experience
that much easier. And Andrew also used a
new team of contractors to work on the trees
during the Summer.
However Andrew’s team of regular tree
‘elves’ from the Czech Republic will be on
hand to help in any way they can.
“One of them has been coming every year
for 15 years, they are lovely guys,” said
Andrew who is the current Chairman of the
Henley and District Agricultural Association,
which runs the Henley Show and Ploughing
Match.
“Many sectors of British agriculture rely on
foreign workers. They work long hours and
are reliable.
“I am a farmer and as a Christmas tree
grower I don’t receive any support or grants.”
In terms of competition from the artificial
tree market, Andrew is confident that the
public is becoming aware of the detrimental
environmental impact of plastic-based trees.
“A surprising number of people have
became bored with their artificial tree, with
no smell,” said Andrew.
“We have 120,000 trees on this farm at any
one time, and for every tree we cut down, we
plant at least one more. That is a positive
impact on our environment.”
Top trees with a
tinge
Their agricultural expertise has
been recognised on several
occasions
HENLEY
life
| DECEMBER 2017
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A REAL CHRISTMAS TREE FARM AT CHRISTMAS COMMON
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We are an exclusive family business, who work hard all year round tending our trees and ordering stock for the coming season. For only a few weeks
each year during the run up to Christmas, we open our doors to the public. Throughout those weeks, we aim to supply a wonderful selection of
Christmas related goods in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere to give our customers a Very Happy Christmas!
* CHRISTMAS TREES –
Fresh Cut trees available from 25th November
* DECORATIONS FOR YOUR HOME AND TREE – From all around the world ...
* GIFTS – A wide variety for all ages, good taste, bad taste and some just
plain silly ... well it is Christmas!!
* LIGHTS – Good quality for both indoor and outdoor use
* STANDS – To suit all tastes, trees and budgets (all hold water)
* CANDLES & CANDLE HOLDERS – In all shapes, sizes and scents ...
* TOBOGGANS – Be prepared!
* FRESH WREATHS, GARLANDS & MISTLETOE from 1st December
And lots more ..... the list goes on and on – you will have to come
and see for yourself!
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