Western Mail - - EXPERT OPINION -

“Liv­ing Christ­mas trees” have be­come in­creas­ingly fash­ion­able with eth­i­cally-minded con­sumers, who don’t like the idea of throw­ing away tree in the New Year. The con­cept is to re­plant the tree in the gar­den each new year, and then dig it up, pot it up with soil and bring it in­doors for the next fes­tive sea­son. It’s a nice idea but sel­dom as “green” as it sounds as the roots in­evitably get dam­aged and the ex­treme change in tem­per­a­ture (and of­ten lack of wa­ter) can stress the tree too. If you would rather a real tree, which keeps on liv­ing af­ter Christ­mas, then con­sider a tree that is ac­tu­ally grown in a pot. And of course keep it well wa­tered and away from heat sources like ra­di­a­tors and wood burn­ers. If you feel strongly about not hav­ing a cut Christ­mas tree, then maybe con­sider dec­o­rat­ing a tree or shrub out­side in your gar­den, which can be seen from key win­dows.

Or make your own al­ter­na­tive in­door tree like I did last year for a client (see above). Sim­ply use small branches for the frame and dress with fairy lights and Christ­mas baubles.


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