For anyone enjoying the annual moan about Christmas starting earlier and earlier, spare a thought for local business, Garrocher Tree Farm, who started preparing for Christmas 2016 around August 2004.

It takes around twelve years to grow a six foot Christmas tree and get it to customers fresh for its few weeks of glory. But for anyone who thinks this is a waste, think again. In a well run farm, with adequate space between planted trees, the very act of growing is helping the environment for a dozen years before a tree is brought home.

Well run plantations not only support biodiversity of smaller plant, bird and insect life all around them but help restore oxygen into our atmosphere.  Workers at the specialist Christmas Tree farms, in Ayr and Newton Stewart, are picking needles out of their hair all through summer and enjoy the smell of pine and fir all year round.  However “They only become magical when it’s nearing time to harvest” according to Garrocher Tree Farm’s plantation manager Norman Heron.

“There are fashions in tree growing, just like everything else, and we grow many different styles sourced from the continent and as far apart as Korea to meet the varied tastes of how people think a Christmas tree should look.  It frustrates me though when people think a fake tree is more environmentally responsible as that couldn’t be further from the truth.

“The manufacturing process of a metal and essentially plastic tree is horrendously more costly in environmental terms, rather than growing the natural product. And when a real tree has done its job, it will be chipped and returned to the natural environment, while a fake tree and all its packaging will most likely eventually end up in landfill.”

The busiest two weekends of the year for fresh tree sales are not until December 3rd and 10th so relax and avoid any need to lug home a fake tree. The one which will bring Christmas to your home is still growing in the open air with sparrows in its branches.


Issued by OceanBlue Consulting on behalf of Garrocher Tree Farm. For further information and pictures, email or call 07739 636609