Most people in the UK now make use of artificial Christmas trees in their home, as opposed to having a real Christmas tree, but putting these artificial trees outside in the garden?! That is something certainly unusual, yet there has been a significant rise in the number of people doing this in the past year.
The Daily Mail have written an article explaining more about the topic:
22 November 2012
FAMILIES struggling for space among their supersize sofas and widescreen TVs are now putting their Christmas trees outside in the garden.
But they are not planting them, these are artificial ‘outdoor fashion trees’, one of the biggest new festive trends for Christmas 2012.
The shift is part of a wider shift away from real trees towards artificial alternatives.
Figures from top department store John Lewis have revealed that demand for faux trees that will live outdoors has already shot up 70per cent on last year.
And a recent study published by Which? showed that fewer than one in five households plan to have a real Christmas tree, such as a Nordman Fir this year.
By contrast 49per cent said they would be putting up an artificial tree, which can be used time and again.
Smaller living spaces are believed to have played a role in encouraging more people to move their artificial festive fir out into the cold.
The most popular outdoor fashion tree is the 5ft Pre-lit Blossom which is built to withstand the elements of the British winter and be placed in a garden or porch.
While the chain’s best-selling model overall is the 6ft 8in Snowy Paper Tree, which also took top spot in 2011 and has now been adapted to be used both indoors and outdoors.
Other popular unorthodox models include a Glitter Bonsai Tree and a 4ft Battery Operated Porch Tree.
Lisa Rutherford, Christmas Buyer at John Lewis, said: ‘As in previous years, customers are retaining their taste for trees which offer something different from the norm.
‘Smaller living spaces mean that some families may not have room for a tree in their living room, so opting for an outdoor tree is a space-saving option. It also means they can share the festive spirit with their neighbours and passers-by.’”
Times are certainly changing, but if sticking to tradition is more your thing, why not visit our Christmas tree farm and pick out your real Christmas tree alongside seeing our resident donkeys and reindeer!
The Christmas Tree Farm supply trees such as Supreme Nordman Fir, Supreme Norway Spruce, Fraser Fir and living pot grown trees. Whatever you choose, we’re sure your Christmas will be a perfect one with a tree from The Christmas Tree Farm.