Look inside the UK's biggest Christmas tree farm

Roman Schwartz
November 26, 2018

O'Connor says the change reflects fluctuations in supply. "If that tree isn't sold on December 26, it's not very valuable". This year, with two full refrigerated tractor trailers sitting on the lot, they will have to talk to the vendors to decide if they will do the same.

"Last two years, it's become increasingly harder and harder to get good quality trees or trees period because of the downturn in the economy". Like other crops, Christmas trees are a commodity that goes through cycles from too few trees to an oversupply.

Greg Schneider with High Country Christmas Trees recently spoke with reporters about the Christmas tree shortage in the foothills of North Carolina. And just think of the time you'll save not having to hoover up pesky needles.

The Poland Township Tree Farm suggests if you want a live tree to cut your own so that you know it's fresh. Most are made in factories in Asia, racking up some serious air miles to reach the UK.

Wichowski and the small group gathered around said the lot looked like it had "plenty of trees" with a "nice selection". The lot offers a variety of trees including Scotch Pine, White Pine Douglass Fir and Frazier Fir.

Yellow Bird L.C.'s tents opened Sunday, and Dobromil said even with the shortage, they hope to sell about 800 trees this year. The supply is now tight - and replenishing it takes time, since a tree grows eight to 10 years before it's ready for the tree lot.

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"They're biodegradable and re-plantable", said Reese.

Their most popular trees are the ones reaching 7 feet to 8 feet tall, according to Clark. The firm also sells a range of handmade fir wreaths. Those prices, Clark said, are about the same as they have been in years past.

It's a busy weekend to pick out your Christmas tree but you may be paying more for your favorite fir this year.

"This tree caught my eye, it's so full", she said.

"The tougher thing is getting volunteers", Clark said. The girls cheered as the tree finally toppled down.

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