The annual BCTGA competition was held today at the Berkshire College of Agriculture, Maidenhead. We are pleased to announce that one of our Fraser Firs got the runner up prize in the fir category. As the winning tree was grown in Scotland this must mean that our Fir Trees are the best in England!!
Today we finally finished pruning the trees to give them their shape and are pleased to say they are now looking fantastic! With the unusual cold weather at the start of the summer, this years growing season was later than normal meaning a late finish to the most time consuming job that we do on the farm.
Did you know the most popular Christmas tree height in UK households is 6ft? At Haldon Christmas Tree Centre, 6ft trees account for over 1/3 of all trees sold. A 7ft tree is the second most popular size.
A great day was had by all at the Forest Discovery Day up at Haldon today. We had a fantastic 87 entries for the free prize draw and the winner of a 6ft Christmas tree, lights and stand was Mrs C Smith from Exeter. Many congratulations from all the staff, see you in December.
Why not come and see us tomorrow (30th September) at the Forest Discovery Day up at the retail outlet? It should be a fantastic day for all the family with free activities for children, ‘have a go’ activity sessions, forestry demos and much more. Visit our stand for a complimentary chocolate, have a chat, see some of the tools we use on the farm and enter our free prize draw to win a tree, stand and lights for this Christmas. The day runs from 10-4pm for more information visit www.forestry.gov.uk/discoveryday
With the help of one of our local farmers we today laid over 100 tonnes of road chippings to repair the farm tracks for another year. Having an environment agency exemption certificate allows us to buy the reclaimed chippings from road repair companies on Dartmoor which are ideal for keeping the tracks in good shape.
Did you know the Christmas tree you buy from Haldon Christmas Tree Centre this year will have been growing for 10-12 years? We buy the transplants as 3-4 year olds from a nursery, they then take between 6-9 years before they are ready for harvest!
We are pleased to announce that our nominated charity for this year will be The West of England School and College (sometimes known as Devon School for the Blind). As always a proportion of money from the sale of every tree at Haldon Christmas Tree Centre along with the contents of collections will be donated the this worthy cause. For more information on our nominated charity why not visit their website: http://www.westengland.ac.uk/
This week saw the beginning of the tagging of trees for Haldon Christmas Tree Centre and also the garden centres that we supply.