On getting an eco-friendly Christmas tree – part 2

You may have read my previous ponderings on getting an eco-friendly Christmas tree. I really was at a loss at the time as we couldn’t find a christmas tree service that would hire out a live tree.. 

But as with many things, letting them rest for a while to check them out later with fresh eyes did the trick! Yesterday, my better half and I were ready to buy a cut Christmas tree independent of its eco-credentials. We nearly went up to one of the local nurseries that offered free mulled wine while browsing (= very attractive offer!).

Then Google outdid itself (or, more likely, we finally must have used the correct search terms)! There it was, The Little Tree Company, offering Christmas tree hire across the UK. We didn’t hesitate and are expecting delivery of our Norway spruce this Wednesday. So, this tree will be in a pot, delivered and picked up again, and most importantly, very likely survive the stay in our home over Christmas. Result!


The only concession we had to accept is that the tree will be delivered over a long distance to get to us. But maybe next year more people will buy into the concept. Then either a local service will have opened up or a larger number of trees will be delivered in bulk to our area from The Little Tree Company. 🙂

I’ll be letting you know how we get on with our hired tree, but for now I’m off to dig out our Christmas decorations ready for Wednesday!

A festive goodbye, Rolaa.


2 thoughts on “On getting an eco-friendly Christmas tree – part 2

  1. You’ve made some interesting points there – on the summer death of your tree there is a good reason for that, the economics of pot growing a tree is not attractive to most Christmas tree farmers and therefore their market, the usual practice is therefore to grow it in the ground, dig it up, put it in a pot and sell it as a "potted Christmas tree", not to be confused or misbought as a "pot grown Christmas tree". When dug up the tree loses its fibrous roots and is therefore unable to survive for long once the dry summer kicks in. Our trees are grown in the pots and effectively bonsai’d, they therefore stand a much greater chance of living on to see many Christmases to come, in fact we lose very few – just one or two that got stood too close to a radiator or under watered. We are able to make this service economically viable by nurturing our trees through a few years of hire before planting out hence offsetting the cost of pot growing.Your other point that is something we have had to consider closely is that of the impact of carting a tree across the country, we have therefore worked it out so that 20-40 trees are sent in a van in the majority of cases with a few trees going through an established network. This therefore keeps between 19 and 39 vehicles off of the road per despatch, reducing your carbon footprint along with the tonne of carbon you will offset annually by planting a tree out after each Christmas.


  2. That’s a great insight into how The Little Tree Company operates and ensures to keep the carbon footprint minimal – thank you for your comment, my readers will find it as insightful as I do.Can’t wait for my tree to arrive now 🙂


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