Fake plastic trees create a huge carbon footprint in the manufacturing process. Plus they are usually shipped to the UK from the other side of the globe. Whilst they can be re-used they don’t last forever, or biodegrade, so they inevitably end up in landfill at some point.
Whilst there are a growing number of business models for renting and recycling real trees which provide a semi-solution to the environmental impact of their production, this can still be pretty devastating. Real trees are often exposed to pesticides and grown as part of a monoculture (the same crop planted on a large area), neither of which are good news for the soil or wider ecosystem. There are also varying levels of eco-friendliness with real trees depending on where you source them and what you do with them come January.
An Eco Christmas Tree is for anyone looking to have less impact on the planet this festive season and in years to come.
But where does the wood come from? And how sustainable is it?
The branches of each Eco Christmas Tree are crafted from coppiced hazel, which is cut as part of traditional woodland management on the Swanton Novers estate in North Norfolk. Swanton Novers is a Natural England Nature Reserve and a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). This means the management of the woodland has to abide by very strict conservation rules.
For more detailed information, visit SSSI Definition and Value to Conservation – Woodland Trust.