Record numbers of Christmas trees donated to the Arboretum

14 January 2016

Our grounds team have spotted an interesting change in the type of Christmas trees that local consumers chose in 2015, after hundreds of people responded to our appeal for used Christmas trees for recycling.

Ninety percent of the 500 trees donated were Nordman firs, which have big, soft needles that do not fall out easily; while Norway Spruces accounted for most of the other trees.

Last year, around 60 percent of the 200 used Christmas trees donated were Nordmann firs and between 30 and 40 percent were Norway Spruces. Scots Pine trees were few and far between in both 2014 and 2015.

All the Christmas trees donated will be used to make compost for trees and plants at the Arboretum, such as magnolias and camellias, which prefer an acidic soil. It will also be used for the Falklands Memorial garden, which is planted with azaleas, as a memorial for HMS Antelope, which sank during the Falklands conflict with the loss of two lives.

James Shallcross, Assistant Curator said: “We’ve been overwhelmed by the number of people who have donated their used Christmas trees to us this year and we are very grateful to everyone who supported us in this way."

“It was interesting to see how popular the Nordman fir seemed to be in Christmas 2015. This may be because more of these trees were available to buy or perhaps more consumers are proactively choosing them over Norway Spruces.”