Sustainable Christmas Trees
This Christmas we’ve teamed up with fellow merrymakers, Pines and Needles who suppy beautiful and sustainable Christmas trees to over 60,000 homes, restaurants, venues and businesses across the UK.
Like us, Pines and Needles are passionate about running their business sustainably. This means they’ve taken the decision not to sell artificial trees anymore. Trees from Pines and Needles are surced from their own sutainabe Christmas tree farms in Scotland – meaning that by their own estimates they can be a carbon positive business. They’re also increasingly switching to organically grown trees – minimising the impact that pesticides can have on the environment. When it comes to Christmas time, they’re also endeavouring to replace their vans with electric vehicles.
To order your Christmas tree, or visit one of their Christmas Tree locations click here.
Top Tree Decorating Tips and Tricks
- Two people is better than one, especially when it comes to tinsel and lights
- Lights go first – one person can feed them to the other as they wind it round and round, starting at the bottom. Embed the lights in the lush greenery and then move out as you go up
- The heavier the decorations the more you’ll need to keep them away from the tips of the branches.
- Everyone has a different decoration style, but themes work well, whether it’s a single colour, a mixed colour palette or a certain style. Some will choose Victorian wooden or ceramic decorations, dried fruit, and pine cones others will choose single or multicoloured coloured baubles.
- Tinsel once so popular is less so these days and ribbon is currently in vogue.
- For a clean look work horizontally rather than at an angle.
- Use power-saving LED lights as these use a fraction of the energy of incandescent bulbs. They are available in ice or warm white and multicoloured. We love warm white!
- Look after your tree – this means watering it lots, and trying to avoid changes in temperature.
Our Top Table Styling Tips
- More is more – Christmas is a time to go to town with your table top. So long as there’s space for the food that is.
- Natural foliage, get creative with fir branches, pine cones, holly with berries and ivy, all of which grow in abundance so aren’t too expensive. If you live in the countryside, you may even be able to forage for them.
- Simple finishing touches can make all the difference, here are some of our favourite ideas
- Handwritten place names with gold pen on winter leaves
- Bright pink candles to add a pop of colour.
- Printed menus on good quality, sustainable paper. Handmade flower paper is delicate and beautiful.
- A sprig of rosemary clipped to each menu is a lovely final touch.