Being part of "team real" in the real versus artificial Christmas tree debate is something people feel great pride in. At B&Q, we understand that there's nothing quite like a real Christmas tree. Choosing it with your family, standing in the chilly air debating the benefits of various heights and shapes signals that Christmas has well and truly arrived.
They look stunning, their fresh pine smell is incredible and they’re not as difficult to care for as you might have feared. Or perhaps you’ve not had the opportunity to consider a real one before. Well, now’s your chance to find out why so many of us love real Christmas trees. Our handy guide helps you pick your perfect tree.
Real Christmas trees are…
Our Christmas trees begin life as humble seeds, carefully hand-selected from specially managed forests. Then, for the next three to four years, they are meticulously nurtured and tended to in a nursery.
When our little trees are strong enough, they’re placed in vast outdoor plantations where they’re closely cared for and watched for a further three to seven years.
Once they’ve reached their perfect size, our trees are then cut, cleaned and securely netted, so they have a safe trip to your local B&Q store.
And our Christmas trees, whether pot-grown or cut, are responsibly sourced as part of our work with the FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council®), PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) and TFT (The Forest Trust).
From seed to your home, every part of our Christmas tree's story is considered.
Before buying your new Christmas tree, it’s essential to know what space you have available for it. Unlike artificial trees, real trees do offer the chance to trim them once home if they don’t quite fit where you’d intended. So, if you have overestimated how much space you have, they can be still be cut back. But, it’s best to take off a little at a time – there’s no gluing on shorn branches if you’ve gotten too enthusiastic with the shears.
We recommend getting an approximate sense of the available space before buying your tree. It can be helpful to have exact measurements, but they’re not a necessity. And remember all three dimensions are equally important – height, width and depth. Height is easy to get wrong as your tree will probably still need room for a decorative topping (such as a star) and the stand or tub at the base.
Sometimes it’s not the space in your house that determines what size tree you can accommodate, but the space in your car. Our trees are sold in netting to make them as easy to carry as possible, but getting them home can be tricky, so make sure you know how you’re going to transport it safely. If it’s going inside your car, put down the back seats before leaving to better judge the space available. And if it’s going on top of your car, check you have everything you need to secure the tree safely to your roof.
Think about how you’re going to dispose of your tree once the holidays are over. For all available options, and tips on how to keep your tree looking fresh and full, check out our guide to caring for your Christmas tree at the link below.
Our trees are available as cut and pot-grown, so why not feature both around your home? Pot-grown ones are perfect for outdoors – with entrance porches, front gardens and balconies ideal spots for them to welcome friends and family. While cut ones come in larger sizes, and so look great in living rooms, dining rooms and hallways.
Pot-grown trees are easy to move around and there’s no need to buy a tree stand or skirt. You don’t have to dispose of them after Christmas, instead they can be enjoyed long after the holidays have passed and, if well cared for, can be part of your festive celebrations for years to come. Alternatively, plant them in your garden to add some evergreen colour.