How long does it take to grow a Christmas tree?

It takes eleven years to create a perfect Christmas tree.

Each of our Nordman firs is grown from seed that has been specially selected to produce healthy, well-shaped trees. The seedlings are grown on in pots for three years, then planted out and nurtured for another five. This is followed by three years of careful pruning, and the final result is a beautifully tiered Christmas tree, bringing that special festive atmosphere into your home.

How does Wyevale Garden Centres source real Christmas trees?

Sustainability is a key part of everything we do at Wyevale, and we do our best to ensure that our cut Christmas trees are sourced as sustainably as possible.

Our supplier practices low impact farming techniques, using fertiliser and chemicals only when absolutely necessary. Harmful weeds are controlled by mulching wherever possible, rather than spraying.

For every tree cropped, another one is planted in its place. Thanks to the quiet and solitude of the long growing period, and the shelter afforded by the trees, Christmas tree fields can be a real haven for wildlife.

Our Christmas tree story

Our Christmas trees are often grown on land that isn't suitable for other crops, such as remote and exposed spots. This allows farmers an opportunity to diversify, keeping farmland productive and providing employment in rural areas.

We source 95% of our trees from the UK and Ireland, with only 5% coming from mainland Europe. This helps to reduce the environmental impact of transporting the trees.

What can I do with my tree once Christmas has gone?

Finally, once Christmas is over, our trees can be taken to local recycling centres, where they will be chipped and the green waste composted down.

A beautifully decorated Christmas tree is one of the joys of the festive season – for ideas on decorations see here. Follow the links above to find out how to choose and care for your tree.

Christmas tree facts

  • The custom of decorating a Christmas tree was brought to Britain from Germany by Queen Charlotte, the wife of King George III.
  • 8 million Christmas trees are sold in the UK every year.
  • 1 acre of growing Christmas trees produces enough oxygen every day for 16 people.
  • 6 ft is the most popular height for a Christmas tree in the UK.