There’s nothing like bagging a bargain – especially during one of the most expensive times of the year. So, if you’re buying a real Christmas tree this festive season and fancy saving some money, you’ve come to the right place.
There’s a whole host of stores selling the most popular type of tree in the UK – a Nordmann fir – for less than £30, with the cheapest costing just £15.
If you’re looking for something different, we’ve also rounded up the lowest prices for a variety of Christmas trees from DIY stores and major supermarkets, including Aldi and Lidl.
Read on to find out which tree you’ll be sat round this Christmas morning, where it’s come from and what to do with it when the decorations come down.
The cheapest Nordmann Christmas trees
If you’re one of the 80% of people who favour a Nordmann fir over a Norway spruce, you better get to Morrisons pronto.
The supermarket chain is selling a 5ft Nordmann for just £15.
If you prefer something a bit bigger – the most popular size tree in the UK is 6ft – then head to Aldi or Lidl. For an extra £10 you will get one more foot of foliage.
Buying smaller doesn’t always mean cheaper either – Homebase’s more compact tree is £5 more than Morrison’s.
Ikea is selling Nordmanns for £29 – but for every tree you buy you receive a £20 voucher to spend across a range of Ikea homewares between 13 January and 23 February. That means that if you do spend that voucher, the tree itself will only cost £9.
Still not sure what tree to to buy this year? Here’s some expert advice on how to choose a Christmas tree.
Where else can I buy a real Christmas tree?
With sustainability at the forefront of lots of our minds, you’ll probably want to know where your tree is coming from. That’s why when we asked nine retailers to tell us about their cheapest Christmas trees, we also checked where the trees were grown.
Seven out of the nine, including Aldi, Tesco, Lidl and Waitrose confirmed that all their trees this season have been grown in the UK. Lidl and Homebase have gone a step further, offering customers the chance to trace exactly where their tree has come from.
See our table below for pricing information, tree type and where the trees were grown.
Should I buy a real or fake Christmas tree?
Want to keep your decorations as environmentally friendly as possible?
If so, according to the Carbon Trust you should avoid buying an artificial Christmas tree unless you’re committed to using it for at least ten years. That’s how long it will take for its environmental impact to be lower than real trees.
A real Christmas tree will almost always have a lower carbon footprint than a fake tree, especially if it’s disposed of properly. Try to buy trees that are only grown in the UK – this should reduce the carbon emissions emitted through transportation.
But your best option is a real pot-grown tree. There’s an important difference between a ‘potted’ tree and a ‘pot-grown’ tree as the former has been dug up and out in a pot, damaging its roots and reducing its chances of surviving more than one Christmas. The latter has been grown in a pot for the whole of its life and so should survive several years. Be warned though if you’re thinking of planting a Christmas tree in the ground after Christmas as they can make very big trees.
Choosing non-glittery decorations and avoiding fake snow will help keep micro plastics out of the oceans, too.
Tell us what type of tree you will be buying in our poll.
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How to recycle my Christmas tree
There are plenty of ways to recycle a real Christmas tree, including:
- Repot or plant – potted trees can be repotted or planted in the garden and used again.
- Mulch it for landscaping or turn it into wood chippings – use your council’s Christmas tree recycling scheme. Find your local recycling centre here. Some garden centres offer drop-off points, too.
- Take it to the tip – there will be a garden-waste area you can use.
- Give it back – some companies are now offering rented potted trees. After you’ve used it for Christmas you simply return it and it will be replanted for next year.
- Shred it yourself – if you’ve got a garden shredder, use it. The chippings can then be used as mulch for plants such as rhododendrons.
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