What might be extra festive than choosing your individual Christmas tree, contemporary from the farm the place it grew?
There’s one thing fairly magical (and sure, American) about donning your wellies and Christmas jumper, strolling out into the sector, and pretending you understand what you are speaking about on the subject of branches, needles and what-not.
Some farms and plantations will allow you to do the heavy work of reducing down or digging up the tree your self (you could have to carry your individual gear, so examine forward earlier than you journey). Others, understandably, do not let most people unfastened with an axe or noticed, and can do the troublesome bit for you. Our roundup contains each sorts of tree farm.
Observe: some farms could require you to e book a slot earlier than you go to — examine with particular person venues for essentially the most up-to-date info.
Christmas Tree Farm, Enfield
Luxurious Nordmann Fir timber can be found on the aptly-named Christmas Tree Farm in Enfield, which has been promoting the timber for 32 years. Judging from the pictures, they’ve additionally acquired their very own festive show, starring huge inflatable Santas and snowmen — which the youngsters will adore.
Christmas Tree Farm, East Lodge Lane, Botany Bay, Enfield, EN2 8AS. 25 November-24 December 2022
South London Christmas Tree Farm, Chelsfield
Regardless of its identify, South London Christmas Tree Farm is positioned simply over the border in Kent. Nonetheless, in the event you reside in south London, it is most likely your closest Christmas tree farm, so we’ll allow them to off. Fortunately, you possibly can lower your individual fir down, in the event you carry your individual instruments (no energy instruments, and so they cannot lend you their gear for security causes). Not feeling the lumberjack way of life? That is OK — take a label from the workplace and tag your tree, they’re going to lower it for you. Or just choose up a ready-to-go tree from the gross sales space.
Observe: it is money or cheque solely — no playing cards taken, so cease at an ATM on the way in which.
South London Christmas Tree Farm, Westwood Farm, Rock Hill, Chelsfield, Kent, BR6 7PP. 12 November-11 December 2022.
The close by Christmas Tree Farm in Cudham close to Orpington often provides Christmas timber on the market too, although the principle attraction is its kids’s farm — regulate the web site for 2022 particulars.
Harold’s Park Farm, Essex
This farm has been rising Christmas timber for 25 years and has lots of to select from annually, whether or not you need one to your house, or a bigger one for a church, faculty corridor or village inexperienced. They provide a ‘choose and lower your individual’ service, or you possibly can order over the cellphone and acquire your ready tree with out having to get your fingers pricked by pine needles.
Harold’s Park Farm, Bumbles Inexperienced, Nazeing, Essex, EN9 2SF. 26 November-24 December 2022.
Hurleys Christmas Tree Farm, Wickford, Essex
Also referred to as Pumpkin Forest (for its fields of orange gourds within the autumnal months), Hurleys Farm grows its timber on website, with sizes starting from 3ft to 10ft. In earlier years, Santa has made an look — regulate the web site to see if he is coming again this 12 months.
Hurleys Christmas Tree Farm, Woodham Highway, Battlesbridge, Essex, SS11 7QL. From 26 November 2022. Observe you could e book automotive entry at weekends, although weekdays do not require reserving.
Kingswood Christmas Bushes, Maidstone, Kent
Over 20,000 Christmas timber are planted at this Kent farm annually, and so they vary from 2ft to 20ft tall at time of reducing. Wander via the fields and choose your individual, or choose one from the ready-cut choice.
Kingswood additionally does a wonderful line in Christmas decorations, so browse the store (open from 12 November 2022) whilst you’re there and acquire all of the ornaments, baubles, tinsel and lights you could make your prickly new good friend really feel at house in your lounge. There is a Christmas Cafe on website, in addition to a Santa’s Grotto (reserving required — open from 19 November 2022) so you possibly can have a complete festive day trip.
Kingswood Christmas Bushes, Gravelly Backside Highway, Maidstone, Kent, ME17 3NU. 12 November-24 December 2022.
Kingsley Farm Christmas timber, East Grinstead, Sussex/Surrey
Sitting near the Kent/Sussex/Surrey border, Kingsley Farm has been rising Christmas timber for over a decade, and provides a selection between Norway Spruce, Nordmann Fir and Blue Spruce varieties.
Wander via the farm and choose your tree, then you possibly can both have the farm workers lower it down for you, or lower it down or dig it out your self. Additionally they promote ready-cut timber.
Kingsley Farm Christmas Bushes, Blackberry Highway, Felcourt, East Grinstead, RH7 6NQ. 23 November-23 December 2022.
Sussex Bushes, East and West Sussex
Sussex Bushes has over 100,00 pines rising within the Sussex countryside, so if you cannot discover one you want right here, we won’t assist you. The Northdown Plantation is the unique location, the place you possibly can both choose and lower your individual, or select a ready-cut one from the barn. You may as well buy a Sussex tree from Goddenwick Farm — supreme in the event you’re after a full day trip, with reindeer, goats, donkeys, alpacas and different cattle to see, plus mulled wine offered from a transformed horse trailer.
Sussex Bushes. Goddenwick Farm, Lindfield, West Sussex, RH16 2QZ. Northdown Christmas Tree Plantation, 5 Ashes, East Sussex, TN20 6JG. Each 25 November-23 December 2022.
Catsfield Christmas Tree Farm, Battle, East Sussex
Go to this farm between 18-27 November 2022 to pick out your tree direct from the plantation, and prepare to gather it (or have it delivered in the event you reside domestically) at a later date. Alternatively, order your tree on-line, or go to the farm nearer to Christmas to select a ready-cut tree. Select between Nordmann Fir, Serbian Spruce, Norway Spruce and Fraser Fir varieties.
There’s additionally a Christmas tree throwing competitors on 20 November, and the farm has held a finest dressed tree competitors in earlier years — regulate Fb for 2022 particulars.
Catsfield Christmas Tree Farm, The Stream, Battle, East Sussex, TN33 9BB. 18 November-24 December 2022.
Crockford Bridge Farm, Surrey
In October, Crockford Farm attracts guests to its pumpkin patch, however come November, the gourds are gone and it is all in regards to the Christmas timber (Nordmann Fir, Norway Spruce, Blue Spruce and Fraser Fir are all grown right here). Fortunately, they’re going to allow you to lower your individual tree down, offered you comply with the principles (hand saws solely, lower timber from the underside, no kids utilizing saws, reducing solely in sunlight hours…). You will have to e book a time slot to select your tree this 12 months.
Want another person to do the work? Prepared lower and potted timber are in the stores on the farm too, in sizes as much as 6ft.
Crockford Bridge Farm, New Haw Highway, Close to Weybridge, Surrey, KT15 2BU. 26 November-18 December 2022.
Different Christmas tree farms close to London
- Hans Christmas Andersen: This puntastic enterprise grows its timber on a farm within the Surrey Hills, and sells them at a number of websites round Surrey and Kent. Although you possibly can acquire your tree from the Santa Fir Christmas Tree the place it is grown, the timber are ready-chopped in a ‘standing forest’ scenario, so you possibly can’t choose your tree from the precise spot the place it grew. On the plus facet, Father Christmas can typically be seen at work right here, and there are reindeer too.
- Oxenford Farm: The timber at Oxenford Farm are grown on website in Surrey, nonetheless they’re additionally ready-chopped, so you possibly can choose your festive fir from the gross sales space, somewhat than the sector itself.
- Badger Hill Christmas Tree Farm: At this Bedfordshire farm, you possibly can both e book a slot at an open day in mid-November when you possibly can choose your tree, which is able to then be chopped down and delivered to your own home nearer to Christmas, or you possibly can go to later within the season, and take a pre-chopped tree house with you.
The place to hire a Christmas tree in London
It sounds odd at first, however renting a Christmas tree is a extra environmentally pleasant strategy to have an actual tree in your house for Christmas. The tree makes itself snug in your lounge for a couple of weeks a 12 months, earlier than being stripped (oo-er) and despatched again to the sector to be replanted and reside its finest life amongst its arboreal friends till the festive season comes spherical once more. Some locations even tag the timber to maintain monitor of them, so that you get the identical one in your lounge subsequent 12 months (helpful in the event you’ve left a bauble on there). We wish to assume Phoebe Buffay would approve.
In contrast to visiting a Christmas tree farm, you could not have the ability to see your tree in a area, however handily for Londoners, many rental companies supply London hubs the place you possibly can acquire and return your tree both facet of the festivities. In fact, the environmental advantages of renting a tree will be undone in case your tree is being transported from the opposite finish of the nation to your lounge, so do your analysis. Oh, and order quickly — rental timber typically promote out means upfront.
This is the place you possibly can hire a tree for Christmas in London 2022:
- London Christmas Tree Rental (hubs in West Norwood, Barnes, Kilburn, Wimbledon and Honor Oak) Already offered out for 2022 (boo!) however taking bookings for Christmas 2023.
- Christmas on the Hill (Beforehand at Alexandra Palace, however working fully on-line for 2022)
- Merely Crops (delivered — and so they’ll adorn Sprucey for you too)
We’re absolutely anticipating extra Christmas tree rental companies to sprout within the capital within the coming years, because it turns into a extra well-liked possibility.
The place to purchase a Christmas tree in London
In fact, in the event you’re not the muddy area kind, there are many nurseries, backyard centres and different retailers in London the place you should purchase a Christmas tree with out even leaving the tarmac. This is a collection of them:
- Inexperienced Elf Bushes is a London-based firm that delivers Christmas timber to nearly all of London postcodes (in addition to the likes of The Ritz and Nationwide Belief), and all supply automobiles are electrical. Oh, and for each tree offered, Inexperienced Elf Bushes donates £3 to charity. Good eggs.
- Pines and Needles pops up at a powerful 30+ London places within the run-up to Christmas, from Wimbledon to Highbury, and Victoria Park to Kingston. They promote actual Christmas timber, can ship if you cannot acquire, and likewise promote lights, stands, decorations and all the opposite gubbins required — they’re going to even pop by and adorn your tree in the event you like. Open from 17 November 2022.
- Good Elf provides a selection of Norway Spruce or Nordmann Fir timber, and delivers to wherever inside London (and plenty of different locations). In case you’ve acquired a bigger hole to fill, they provide an set up service to your towering tree, and can even acquire your tree when you’re carried out with it, for an additional cost.
- Christmas Bushes Delivered does precisely that, delivering timber to all internal London postcodes — select from Nordmann or Noble Firs, or Norway Spruce.
- Shoots and Leaves permits you to acquire your tree from certainly one of six London places — Little Brook Inexperienced, Eel Brook Frequent, West Ealing, Acton, Hammersmith or Hampstead Heath. Not in a type of areas? Additionally they ship.