For many years we had a fake Christmas tree but after a holiday at Coombe Mill, and an introduction to having a real tree, we have been converted.
For the last few years, we have used Pines and Needles for our tree. They have a shop in Boscombe where you can choose your perfect tree, or you can order your tree online, with a small extra delivery cost.
The staff are extremely helpful and helped us select the perfect tree for us. We opted for the Nordmann fir as its needles stay attached throughout the festive season and they wrapped it and helped us put it in the car.
To keep your Christmas tree looking great they also sell Christmas Tree Stands. We have had ours for 4 years now and it is still going strong, although we did forget to ask them to saw the bottom of our tree off before we left, so we had to do it when we got home.
It is important to saw a couple of inches off the bottom of the trunk before setting in water as when trees are cut, pitch oozes out and seals the pores. By sawing off the base, you will open up the pores, and the tree will be able to absorb water to keep it healthy all Christmas.
If you are worried about buying a real tree, the Carbon Trust advise that buying a real tree has a significantly lower carbon footprint than than buying a plastic tree, especially if you dispose of it properly. Pines and Needles Grown have their own sustainable Christmas Tree farms in Scotland, so you can rest assured that they are harvested ethically.
Pines and Needles also stock a wide variety of decorations, lights and accessories, although we do recycle our decorations every year and then add one or two new ones to our collection.
With the exception of the lights, I now let the kids decorate the tree and this year was the first time I have not had to re-do it after they have gone to bed, although I may have subtly moved a couple whilst they were not looking.
Pines and Needles have sites all over London as well as in Bournemouth, but check their website for more details.
Have you decorated your tree yet?
Disclaimer: We were gifted a real Christmas Tree from Pines and Needles for the purpose of a review. All thoughts and opinions are our own