Artificial alternatives provide healthy competition as disease blights tree trade

  The cool, wet summers of 2012 and 2013 brought a bumper harvest for Christmas tree farmers throughout Britain. But unfortunately, it also saw the continuing blight brought about by a mysterious East European tree fungus known as ‘Current Season Needle Necrosis’ (CSNN) – a disease that causes the trees’ needles to turn brown and  drop off…. Read more »

Pine is fine but plastic is fantastic – Are artificial trees really the way to go?

  The, “are artificial Christmas trees better than the real thing?” debate is as traditional as crackers, turkey and tinsel. But recently it’s gone further than just the benefits of the natural smell of a pine over the convenience of a tree which doesn’t make a mess of the carpet. A mysterious fungus now threatens… Read more »

Re-visiting the German Christmas Market

  Hands up all you Brits who think Germans are a fun-loving lot? Harrumph. Can you imagine them rockin’ around the Christmas tree – or producing sub-standard Friday afternoon BMWs… just for the hell of it? Thought not. You think they’re a bit more Prussian than that, all self-discipline and deferred enjoyment. But you’d be… Read more »