Eco-friendly alternatives to Christmas trees
To grow, transport for miles, and then dispose of our trees does seem slightly ludicrous, when there are far less wasteful and more exciting options to consider.
John Carrick runs The Romantic Garden Nursery in Norfolk. His beautifully laid out nursery with superlative specimens is guaranteed to get even non-gardeners salivating. Interestingly, he had just sent off some fine half standard white Camellia sasanqua (covered with white flowers) and some big bay cones to Sandringham to be decorated indoors in a festive fashion.
When John was a lad, he had a 400-year-old yew tree in the garden and they would just lop off a branch or two and push it upright into a container. A bit of strategic trimming and pruning followed and a fine-looking tree was born to be adorned with baubles (to supplement natural berries). The berries are highly poisonous so I would avoid them if you have young children around.
If you do not have an ancient yew, a container-grown bushy yew popped into a large pot would be a perfect alternative – especially if you can find room for another yew in the garden afterwards.
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