Customers sometimes ask me how we got started growing Christmas trees, well…
In 1989 we moved home to Dinmore Hill which had previously been run as a market garden, There was about 70 Norway Spruce left which we decided to sell off the side of the A49. Encouraged by this we took the decision to plant the whole site with Christmas trees, leave for five years, and then harvest, what a great idea we thought!
For the next four years we struggled with the weeds (lots and lots of strimming!) but when we joined the British Christmas Tree Growers Association (BCTGA) in 1995 we realised where we were going wrong. At the very first BCTGA open day we attended at Santa Trees in Cornwall we recognised you can’t just plant Christmas trees and walk away, there is a lot to do on a Christmas tree farm all year around – planting, pruning, shaping, fertilising, bud rubbing, leader reduction, pest control.
We have been selling trees from our Dinmore Hill site since 1994.
In 2005 we moved into Festive Farm, Wellington where we grow the majority of our Christmas trees to supply the ever increasing demand of our two retail sites.
In 2007, as a relatively young grower, we were thrilled to win the BCTGA Christmas Tree Grower of the Year Award with a traditional Norway Spruce and our prize was to supply an 18ft Christmas tree to the famous address, 10 Downing Street where we also had a tour of the building.
In 2014 we were thrilled to win BCTGA Grower of the Year again, only one other grower in the country has managed to win more than once and this time on our visit to No 10 Downing Street we met the then Prime Minister, David Cameron.
We welcome many of our customers back year after year.
See you in December!
Colin and Davina