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Christmas isn't cancelled' say tree growers

Christmas isn't cancelled! That’s the message from Christmas tree growers across the UK, as the industry gears up for its busiest season ever.

Covid-19 has led to many growers changing the way they sell, introducing online sales for the first time as well as social distancing measures for those who want to visit their local plantation to enjoy the experience of choosing their tree.

[caption id="attachment_1890" align="alignnone" width="2560"] The British Christmas Tree Growers Association (BCTGA) have 320 members who sell around 7 million trees each year![/caption]

The British Christmas Tree Growers Association, (BCTGA) is now being managed by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society (YAS) based at the Great Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate.

Heather Parry, Managing Agent for BCTGA, said:

“Christmas will certainly be different this year but we are here to spread the message that it is definitely not cancelled.

“It’s more important than ever before that we support our local growers who are now busy doing last minute trimming and labelling of trees for sale for their biggest time of the year.

“They are putting a huge amount of energy into planning new, innovative ways to ensure that farm-fresh trees can be sold safely. This can be from increasing their delivery capacity and installing online pre-payment, to busier sites considering timed collection slots."

Planted in March and September, growers make huge investments in their crop as Christmas trees take up to 10 years to nurture before harvest.

Visit www.bctga.co.uk to find your local growers.

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