At last a seemingly simple alternative to a real, cut Christmas tree. My Mum has been planting her Christmas trees for years, but then she is in North Wales. For those of us, in urban areas, our options have not been as green, so I was delighted to come across Lovely Branches. If you are living in Greater London, you can rent a Christmas tree from Lovely Branches. They will deliver a tree that has been grown within a 100 miles of the M25, and then collect it and replant it after the festivities are over, to grow for next year. You can also rent decorations in either a red, silver or pearl theme. If you are overwhelmed by the whole enterprise, then Lovely Branches premium service includes installation and decoration of your tree. You could order a decorated tree for an infirm relative or friend, or to brighten up your office.
Of the 8 million real Christmas trees sold in the UK every year to retail customers, about 5 million are imported from abroad, so if you prefer a cut tree, Lovely Branches offer those too, only theirs are grown here in the UK.
I placed our order yesterday, and it was a swift, straightforward process. Prices start at £38 for a 4-5 ft tree + delivery and collection (from £16 combined). I can’t wait to see the Norwegian spruce we have rented. It was sobering to watch my daughter’s face when she saw the enormous pile of discarded, fading trees striped of their magical decorations being marshalled by tractors and fed into the wood chipper in our local park last January. Returning our tree to be replanted is a much more positive prospect to start the new year.