Following 2020's non essential business close, open, close, open, close we are definitely open this year, unless there is a Winter surge of Covid, in which case, who knows?
We will be asking you to wear a mask when dealing with our staff. You have the right to refuse to wear a mask and we reciprocate with our right to refuse to serve you. There are 3 occasions when we will ask. If you approach closer than 2m from the car park monitors, if you approach closer than 2m from the central office serving hatch and when we are measuring and tagging your tree. We will not be handing you any tags this year, it'll all be done by our staff. You find a tree, leave a person by it, come and grab the tagging staff and then we are done. No rows, no areas, nothing to remember. Your details will be emailed to you at the end of the selection day.
This year we suggest a pair of bungees or two 5m lengths of paracord to attach your tree to the roof of the car. Bungees for cars with roof rails or racks, paracord for those with no roof rails. Trees really should only be netted for bulk transport, 100 to a pallet. A fresh tree is not going to scratch the paint on the roof and a net isn't going to stop needles falling off in the car. Your tree is not going to suffer from a short journey on the roof, they originate from areas where the winter winds exceed 50mph and don't get damaged.
Are Nordmann and Fraser firs needle fast? No, no they are not. They will drop needles just like every other tree if you overheat it or dry it out. They don't have as many needles as spruce trees so even when they are suffering drought they don't appear to drop needles.
We will, as always, provide care instructions but you do need to have a reservoir stand and be happy to add the cheapest lemonade you can find to the water. Treat your tree like a cut flower. It likes water, sugar and carbon dioxide. When you get your tree home you can leave it in the garden or garage for several days before bringing it in. When you do bring it in, you must cut another couple of cm off the base to allow it to start sucking up water again. Just like cut flowers.
What if my tree dies? It starts dying the very second you cut it. You are just delaying the drought for as long as possible by treating it like a cut flower.
Many Primary School aged children are taught that it's not ECO to cut down a tree. Christmas Trees are generally grown as a crop so that's their role. Ours are grown as a nurse crop which is a little different. They are planted between the hardwood trees and their job is to suppress weeds and straighten the hardwoods. When the hardwoods crown over the Christmas Tree the Christmas Tree starts to suffer and will die anyway. Can't get much more ECO than that.
Why are we asking for postcodes? In the event of enforced closure of non essential business between selection and collection we will be able to see where trees are going and have a plan to fell and deliver. We will only deliver in the event of Government enforced closure though. It is very unlikely to become a standard service ever again.
Replies will come from email@example.com after October 1st so keep an eye on your junk or spam box. Some email transports will mark it as spam marketing, as will some mail apps, and this is not a setting we can control. We can only see that we sent an email.
The email you get from us will have a ticket with a big red number on it. That number is allocated to a date, either am or pm, as your selection slot. They are allocated in order of receipt of emails from you. If you can't make the allocated slot there is no need to tell us, just turn up on the last Sunday in an am or pm slot. Any revisions to instructions will also be included on our email to you.
Remember that Christmas Trees shouldn't be measured to the top, they are measured from the ground to the crown so the growing tip is free, which is fair since most get cut back to fit an angel or star on.
Car park opens at 09:45. Pedestrian gates open at 10:00. Central office opens at 10:10. Central office closes at 12:00. Pedestrian gates close at 12:10. Carpark closes at 12:15.
Car park reopens at 12:45. Pedestrian gates open at 13:00. Central office opens at 13:10. Central office closes at 15:00. Pedestrian gates close at 15:10. Carpark closes at 15:15.
01 Dec 2021 until 24 Dec 2021. Carpark opens at 09:45. Pedestrian gates and Central office open at 10:00 for saw collection. If you wish to net your tree for transport, the nets will be available but our staff will not be able to assist you. Central office closes at 16:00. Pedestrian gates close at 16:10. Carpark closes at 16:30.