Where the unsold Christmas trees go24th September 2020
Every year, roughly 6 million real Christmas Trees are discarded in the UK, including the trees that aren’t sold in the first place. This isn’t great for the environment which is why we don’t waste any of our trees, whether they are sold or unsold. We have a different approach to where they go and an interesting one at that!
Many of our wholesale trees are sold to our friends at CrimboTrees in Edinburgh where they are then distributed to the public for collection and delivery! Crimbotrees donate £5 to Maggie’s cancer charity for every tree they sell, raising money for a great cause and providing customers with a beautiful tree to celebrate Christmas.
Redistributing unsold Christmas trees
If there are still unsold trees after going to the distribution centre, they are re-palleted and taken to a local farmer. This farmer uses the trees to feed his sheep and goats on a smallholding near Edinburgh. They ask for the trees to be very tightly packed together when delivered. In Scotlands’ damp and cold conditions, this ensures that they keep fresh for up to 5 months after delivery.
The trees are then fed to the animals in the smallholding as whole trees; they enjoy chewing the bark off of the Nordmann Firs. The bark on these trees has a natural wormer in them which the Goats especially love. The bark is softer than usual trees which is a special treat for the animals! Pine needles provide trace nutrients, antioxidants, minerals, and forage. They are great for intestinal worm control and high in Vitamin C content. The animals can’t eat the trees every day, however, feeding them in small quantities is great for their digestion and health!
Once the goats have eaten all the bark, the farmer chops up the remaining wholesale Christmas trees and use them for firewood to heat the houses on the farm. This way, there is no waste for any of the trees cut down each season!