Deck the halls, it’s December!
December is here and winter is in the air, and there’s nothing more that we love than the anticipation that the season brings. Christmas is coming and the season is filled with happy occasions to share with your nearest and dearest. So, get into the festive spirit by grabbing yourself a Christmas tree! Whether you’re after a freshly-cut fir or a no-nonsense artificial design as your dream Christmas tree, we’ve rounded up the best places in Bristol to buy one this year, some of which offer click & collect and delivery options.
Frenchay Forestry has over 30 acres of Christmas tree plantation and an additional 70 acres of Beech woodland in the Mendips, offering customers freshly-cut, locally-grown Christmas trees throughout the festive season. You can choose your Christmas tree from this Bristol forestry based on certain characteristics such as retention, bushiness and smell, as well as whether your tree will be based indoors or outdoors, and the team here will be happy to help you out. Select from smells such as pine, forest or sweet. Who knew a Christmas tree had so many options? Its trees are part of the Mendip Christmas Tree Farm and you can buy some online or at Frenchay Cricket Club, as well as Bristol Zoo car park, Hambrook Junction and Cribbs Causeway.
Frenchay Cricket Club, Off Filton Road, BS16 1QQ
This small Christmas tree business has a number of pop-up locations in Bristol, including Victoria Park in Bedminster and The Tobacco Factory in Southville, as well as Beechen Cliff Methodist Church in Bath. The colour is not the only green thing about Ali and Joe’s Christmas trees, as they are also sustainable and locally sourced. They sell low-drop Christmas trees in sizes all the way up to 10ft tall and also offer potted trees to buy or rent. Not only are these trees kinder to the planet, but a proportion of Christmas tree sales go towards local Bristol charities. Ali and Joe’s also offer free delivery to those living at Bristol postcode between BS1 to BS16.
You’ll find real, premium cut and pot-grown Christmas trees at Cadbury Garden Centre in Congresbury. The Christmas trees here are also sustainably-sourced and there’s a wide range on offer to choose from guaranteed to last throughout the Christmas period. Their trees are grown on Christmas tree farms, where a cut tree is replaced with at least one new tree and this year you can now take your tree home in a compostable bio netting. Tree prices range from £17.99 for a tree up to 1.5m tall to £79.99 for a tree up to three metres tall. Diamond Club members can also receive 15% off all Christmas trees by presenting their Diamond Club card at the checkout.
Smallway, Congresbury, BS49 5AA
Also in Frenchay, is Frenchay Christmas Tree Farm and it is open up until Christmas Eve, as well as offering delivery and click & collect services. You can reserve a tree online and opt to have it delivered or collected from its site on Old Gloucester Road. However, if you fancy visiting and selecting the perfect Christmas tree yourself, there are a huge range of prices, so the trees are individually labelled, and they are offering some reasonably-priced pre-cut trees between £20 and £30. You’ll find Christmas tree classics like Norway spruces, Fraser firs and pot-grown trees, as well as more unusual varieties like the Blue Spruce, which the farm describes as having “a beautiful, silvery blue-green hue” and that “this very fragrant Christmas tree is unlike any other”.
Old Gloucester Road, Frenchay, BS16 1QW
The Sheepway Christmas Tree site, located near Portbury, is run by the Hardwick family who are passionate about the trees they grow. Family member, John Hardwick, is the former chairman of the British Christmas Tree Growers Association and has grown fresh Christmas trees covering over 50 acres for just over 30 years. So, Sheepway sure know how to grow and take care of Christmas trees. The farm grows three varieties- Fraser Fir, Nordmann Fir and Norway Spruce, and all trees are cut down as late as possbile in order to maximise needle retention. No one wants too many needles all over their presents do they? The trees are delivered from their farm in the Quantock Hills to Sheepway and prices start from £22. There is also a click and collect service available.
Springfield House, Sheepway, Portbury, BS20 7TE
Cleeve Nursery has a remarkable selection of cut fresh Christmas trees, from the traditional Norway Spruce with its characteristic forest scent to the needlefast non-drop types such as Fraser and Nordmann fir. All of its trees are taken from renewable sources, and are ethically produced and locally grown. You can pre-order the tree of your dreams on the nursery’s website before collecting, or arranging for it to be delivered.
The best of the rest:
The Steam Crane Pub, 4 – 6 North Street, Bedminster, BS3 1HT
Yate Town Football Club, The Jelf Stadium, Lodge Road, Yate, BS37 7LE
Over Lane, Almondsbury, BS32 4BP
40-42 Gloucester Road, Bishopston, BS7 8AR
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