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Christmas tree sales to peak this weekend


Post by John Chappels on 09 December 2011 in House & Home

Christmas tree sales to peak this weekend

Sales of Christmas trees are expected to hit a high this weekend as people start to get into the festive spirit.

According to grower Steve Ledsham of Church Farm Organics in the Wirral, demand will hit a peak over the next two days as people turn their attention to decorating their homes.

He told the Liverpool Echo: "This weekend will be a real peak with only two weeks left until Christmas.

"Our most popular trees are Nordmann Firs because they have the most vibrant colour and are triangular shaped."

Mr Ledsham advised anyone who wants their tree to last for a good few weeks to take the time to care for it properly.

"A tree is a living thing and should be watered as often as possible," he said. "A 6ft Christmas tree uses a pint of water a day."

Anyone looking for a tall tree might have to shell out a little more this year however, thanks to a scarcity of large firs and spruces. But according to the British Christmas Tree Growers Association, there is no substitute for a real tree, and more families are opting to head out into the countryside to pick their own.

The association's secretary Roger Hay said: "For those after their own vision of a perfect Christmas tree, as well as an opportunity to enjoy a great day out with the family, 'choose and cut' is proving to be a fashionable trend."

Prime Minister David Cameron was keen to get as much use as possible out of his 16ft high Nordmann Fir which has been growing on a farm near Thame since 1989. It was delivered to Downing Street at the end of last week.


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