Christmas tree growing is an all year-round operation, involving specialist attention from the initial site preparation to the ongoing maintenance of the crop. On average it takes 7 – 10 years for a Christmas tree to grow to a minimum height of 2 metres. Above we show the cycle of production from growing on the farm, to harvesting, delivery and final sale to consumer.
The Irish Christmas Tree Growers Association's initiative, 'Love a Real Tree', aims to highlight the benefits of choosing a real Christmas tree for your home.
The website www.lovearealtree.ie has lots of information and highlights the benefits of a real tree versus an artificial tree. Facts include that real Irish Christmas trees are environmentally friendly as they can be recycled, while the land used for growing them can be replanted or returned to traditional agriculture.
Speaking about the campaign, grower Christy Kavanagh said, “The look, the scent and the very feel of a real tree are all part of the Christmas tradition! Growing the perfect tree takes more than planting a tree and hoping for the best. It takes seven to ten years to produce a 2 metre tall tree, and this means year round care for the life of the tree by growers to produce the best tree possible. When you buy a real Christmas tree, carefully grown and cultured locally, there is that extra special knowledge that you are supporting nature and the environment.”
After the festive season, your tree can also be recycled for use as mulch - check your local Council or Corporation website for Christmas tree recycling arrangements. If potted, your tree can also be replanted in your garden.
Find out where the nearest Christmas tree outlet is in your area. This can include shopping centres, garden centres and any of the members of the Irish Christmas Tree Grower Association. You and your family can have a lovely Christmas experience by travelling to a Christmas tree farm where you can select your own tree and have it cut down. Alternatively, you can choose one already on display.
|Value of the market (retail):||circa. 21 Million|
|Demand in Ireland for trees:||circa. 350,000|
|Trees grown per year:||circa. 550,000|
|Number of growers:||circa. 100|
|Tree types (% of EU market):||Nordmann fir (70%); Noble fir (20%); Fraser fir (5%); Douglas fir, Scots pine, Norway spruce and Lodgepole pine (5%).|