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Trees and decorations


Choosing the right Christmas tree for your home can be quite simple and all options can be ‘green’ with a little planning.

Real trees

There are a couple of sustainable options when it comes to having real cut Christmas trees.

If you are having a traditional cut tree this year, it is important to try and choose a local, sustainably grown tree and to dispose of them correctly after Christmas is over. Many district councils will allow you to put them in your garden waste bin, or offer a tree collection.

Alternatively, you could compost the needles and smaller branches at home and use the trunk as logs for a fire pit or make a log pile as a sanctuary for wildlife in your garden. 

Rentable Christmas trees are a great alternative to a cut tree and are becoming widely available. They are trees that are grown and potted up for you to take home before returning it after the Christmas period. They are a great as they drop much less needles than a cut tree and are able to keep growing and be reused each year while also still storing carbon from the air all the while. The down side is they need to be booked in advance as they can be snapped up pretty quickly. There are some companies that allow you to take the same tree home year after year too which is amazing!

Page updated: 18/10/2021 Page updated by: Gloucestershire Recycles

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