Real Christmas trees are the most affordable and environmental choice at East Durham Garden Centre

Nov 23, 2022 | Leisure & Lifestyle

Christmas is just around the corner and for many, a real Christmas tree is at the heart of the celebrations.

With many watching their purse strings this year, British Garden Centres, which includes East Durham Garden Centre, have frozen last year’s prices of real trees, so they are affordable and accessible to everyone.

Nothing can beat gathering around the tree on Christmas Day, the aroma of fresh pine and being surrounded by friends and family. But with so many sizes and different varieties of real trees available, how do you choose one that is perfect for you? Our jolly and knowledgeable team in your local store are on hand and will make it their priority to make the process of purchasing your perfect tree as easy as possible.

Our trees

All of our stores will be stocking the most popular variety of Christmas trees. Our Nordmann Fir collection is sourced from Ireland and is the quintessential Christmas tree, renowned for its symmetrical shape, well-spaced branches, dark green foliage and needle retention. Popular for its traditional pyramid shape, families will love its dark green, needles and wonderful long-lasting fragrance.

The Fraser Fir is grown in Wales and is also another tree that customers can choose from, which is bushy and well-shaped with silvery green needles and a lovely citrus scent. A slimmer and more compact tree than the Nordmann Fir, families will love its soft touch and winter look it brings to the home.


Sustainability is a key topic for many households and having a real Christmas tree is a popular environmental choice over the festive period. Research by The Carbon Trust has revealed that a real Christmas tree has a much lower carbon footprint, as much as 10% compared to its artificial counterpart.

A real tree spends around 8 years growing in the field before it is harvested. Once it is cut, the grower will replace it with a newly planted tree that will grow ready for the next year, compared to an artificial tree that remains in landfill for centuries after disposal.

Over its lifetime, a real tree will take around a ton of CO2 out of the atmosphere, whilst one acre of planted Christmas trees on a farm is enough to provide the daily oxygen requirement of 18 people. Cut trees can be used and easily recycled for mulch and other purposes, whilst a pot-grown tree will have maintained its root ball it can be planted outside to enjoy year after year.

Picking the right tree

Why not make visiting one of our stores a fun, family tradition every year and make it a favourite activity of the holiday season? Our fantastic team will net your tree for easy transport and help to load your car, delivering a personal service and excellent value for money.

Before visiting your local garden centre, we recommend that you know the height and space of the room that your real tree will be in. Do not forget that the tree stand, and tree topper will add to the height. Make sure you measure carefully so the tree is not too tall or wide. We recommend that you also consider the space between the branches and the decorations you plan to use to ensure they can hang straight down.

When you get your Christmas tree home, make sure your tree is standing in an open, well-ventilated space. Your tree can last for 4-6 weeks, make sure it always has a supply of fresh water.

Decorate your home with style this year with wonderful real trees from British Garden Centres. Immerse yourself in our festive wonderlands and choose sustainable and eco-friendly gifts that will be treasured and brought out year after year.

Amy Stubbs, Group Development and Project Manager, said “Our real Christmas trees are great value and available at last year’s prices as we understand consumers’ concerns that they could be paying even more for their festive supplies this year. All of our trees have been grown and sourced close to home within the British Isles and our jolly team will be on hand to ensure the perfect tree is chosen for your home.”