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Christmas Trees in London

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Pines and Needles
Camden Garden Centre
The Christmas Forest
Clifton Nurseries
Fulham Palace Garden Centre
 

 

The most important ingredient to a perfect Christmas is getting the right Christmas tree. While some people prefer fake plastic trees which don't drop needles all over the sitting room floor, it has to be said that nothing quite beats the smell and the sight of an authentic Spruce or Fir. And you needn't drive out into the countryside to get your hands on the ideal tree here in London because there are places all over the capital selling all types and sizes of trees, whether you're after a small sapling or a 12ft giant. So, have a read of our definitive guide to find the best and nearest places for you to buy trees, wreathes, holly and mistletoe...

 
 

Pines and Needles

Christmas Trees: Pines and Needles, Maida Vale Christmas Trees: Pines and Needles, Maida Vale Where:
, 123 Shirland Road, Maida Vale, London London, W9 2EW
Category: Specialists

123 Shirland Road, Maida Vale, Maida Vale, London, W9 2EW

Tube: Maida Vale Station

 
 

A rose-nosed reindeer walks into a bar and the elf barman says: "Why the long face?" Rudolf duly replies: "I've got pines and needles". Yes, yes... it's a shocker - but it's presumably the inspiration behind this London-based premier Christmas tree service. Pines and Needles was set up by brothers Josh and Sam Lyle in 1995 when the entrepreneurial pair (aged just 15 and 13) decided to travel down from Scotland to London with a horsebox full of Christmas trees in a bid to make their fortunes. The gamble paid off and now Pines and Needles is a veritable festive topiary giant, with 15 outlets all over London, including stalls at Notting Hill, Fulham and Brick Lane. The Brothers Lyle believe in sustainable forestry and all their trees come from a site in Scotland where a triple-fold re-planting policy is in force. What's more, a percentage of all profits go to charity - and the boys will even come collect your tree after Christmas for recycling. It's an astoundingly accommodating service and they have a long loyal list of customers who faithfully return to them every year. And hats off must go to the friendly and ever-helpful staff, all of whom wear kilts even on the most freezing of days. Trees come in all shapes and sizes with traditional trees ranging from around 20 to 120, plus there is a huge selection of stands, lights, decorations, wreaths, holly, mistletoe, and garlands. Visit the website for more information on prices and products. The flagship stall is in Maida Vale where the Lyles started selling trees outside their older brother's laundrette.

 
 
 

Camden Garden Centre

Christmas Trees: Camden Garden Centre Christmas Trees: Camden Garden Centre Christmas Trees: Camden Garden Centre With a client list including No. 11 Downing Street, the London Dungeon and Tower Bridge, Camden Garden Centre must be doing something right in the Christmas tree stakes. Whether you want a simple tabletop sapling or a five-metre giant, this North London spot is definitely the place to visit. Expert staff are on hand to answer your Christmas tree-related queries while all the specimens are nicely displayed and can be trimmed and netted to facilitate transportation back to your home. Types of tree include the traditional Norway Spruce, the guaranteed needle-holding Nordmann and Noble Firs, and the new compact Fraser Fir variety. Pot-grown trees are also available, as is a delivery service throughout London. While you're at it, make it a clean Christmas sweep with the wide selection of wreaths, holly and mistletoe on offer. Open from the end of November - but don't leave it too late because trees often run out well before Christmas Eve. 2013-11-252013-12-24 Where:
Camden Garden Centre, 2 Barker Drive, St Pancras Way, London London, NW1 0JW
Category: Seasonal

Camden Garden Centre, 2 Barker Drive, St Pancras Way, Camden Town, London, NW1 0JW

Tube: Camden Town Station

 

Dates: 25th November - 24th December 2013

 

With a client list including No. 11 Downing Street, the London Dungeon and Tower Bridge, Camden Garden Centre must be doing something right in the Christmas tree stakes. Whether you want a simple tabletop sapling or a five-metre giant, this North London spot is definitely the place to visit. Expert staff are on hand to answer your Christmas tree-related queries while all the specimens are nicely displayed and can be trimmed and netted to facilitate transportation back to your home. Types of tree include the traditional Norway Spruce, the guaranteed needle-holding Nordmann and Noble Firs, the new compact pot-grown Fraser Fir variety and a wide selection of artificial trees. A delivery service is available throughout London, and while you're at it, make it a clean Christmas sweep with the selection of wreaths, holly and mistletoe on offer. The Christmas display opens from the 8th of November - but don't leave it too late because trees often run out well before Christmas Eve.

 
 
 

The Christmas Forest

Christmas Trees: The Christmas Forest, Richmond Christmas Trees: The Christmas Forest, Richmond Where:
, Pools on the Park, Old Deer Park, London London, TW9 2SF
Category: Specialists

Pools on the Park, Old Deer Park, London, TW9 2SF

Tube: Richmond Station

 
 

Offering an urban forest on eight farm-style sites around London, the Christmas Forest is London's largest independent "treetailer" ensuring that Londoners can enjoy their tree-browsing experience with their conscience appeased. For every tree that is sold, a donation is made to Tree Aid to plant and care for a new tree in the drylands of Africa. Last year they completed their goal of planting their 100,000th tree in Africa through Tree Aid, and have now planted more than 105,000 trees in the African drylands. The Christmas Forest is also saving on 'tree miles' by sourcing home-grown firs from special farms and sustainable plantations in the UK. Four different varieties are available, including the traditional aromatic Norway Spruce (from 18), the non-drop Nordmann Fir (from 26), the Fraser Firs (from 22) and Noble Firs (from 45). The Christmas Forest brings the magic of visiting a country farm to the city and, once you've chosen the right tree, you can add a few more homely festive touches by shopping for wreaths, lights, mistletoe, holly, stands, logs for the fire and even special entwined reindeer sculptures. The Christmas Forest stores can be found in Richmond, Clapham Common, Putney, Dulwich, Islington, Stoke Newington, Kensal Green and Ealing.

 
 
 

Clifton Nurseries

Christmas Trees: Clifton Nurseries Christmas Trees: Clifton Nurseries Christmas Trees: Clifton Nurseries For those who like to do Christmas with a touch of class, a visit to Clifton Nurseries (or merely to their online shop) is a real festive treat. The Warwick Avenue garden centre is open seven days a week and will be selling Christmas trees of all shapes and size through to Christmas Eve (although supplies usually run out well before, so head early to avoid disappointment). For an extra cost, the Nurseries will adorn your tree with their own special balls, lights and decoration - you can even get the tree delivered and installed for you. But if you're after a basic package (ie. a tree tout simple) then prices start from around £20. The trees are renowned for their freshness and quality. Available again this year are the 'Edible Wreaths' made with an assortment of fresh herbs, spices and fruits: a visual and aromatic treat. 2013-11-222013-12-24 Where:
Clifton Nurseries, 5A Clifton Villas, London London, W9 2PH
Category: Seasonal

Clifton Nurseries, 5A Clifton Villas, Little Venice, London, W9 2PH

Tube: Warwick Avenue Station, Royal Oak Station

 

Dates: 22nd November - 24th December 2013

 

For those who like to do Christmas with a touch of class, a visit to Clifton Nurseries (or merely to their online shop) is a real festive treat. The Warwick Avenue garden centre is open seven days a week and will be selling Christmas trees of all shapes and size through to Christmas Eve (although supplies usually run out well before, so head early to avoid disappointment). For an extra cost, the Nurseries will adorn your tree with their own special balls, lights and decoration - you can even get the tree delivered and installed for you. But if you're after a basic package (ie. a tree tout simple) then prices start from around 20. The trees are renowned for their freshness and quality. Available again this year are the 'Edible Wreaths' made with an assortment of fresh herbs, spices and fruits: a visual and aromatic treat.

 
 
 

Fulham Palace Garden Centre

Christmas Trees: Fulham Palace Garden Centre Christmas Trees: Fulham Palace Garden Centre Christmas Trees: Fulham Palace Garden Centre Located in the superb riverside stretch of greenery that is Bishops Park, Fulham Palace Garden Centre is a popular destination for Christmas tree hunters because it can be combined with a nice stroll by the Thames. Trees are in store from the end of November until they run out, so early birds catch the right Yuletide worm, so to speak. There's a huge choice in all varieties (Nordman, Spruce, Noble) and size (1.2m to 3m). The profits go to a London youth charity called Fairbridge and the centre is run in conjunction with The Prince's Trust. The centre also stocks a huge supply of festive decorations, wreaths, candles, present ideas and gourmet food such as chutneys and mince - so it's definitely worth a visit even if you're not in the market for a strapping six-foot Nordic Fir.
2013-11-252013-12-24 Where:
Fulham Palace Garden Centre, Bishops Avenue, London London, SW6 6EE
Category: Seasonal

Fulham Palace Garden Centre, Bishops Avenue, London, SW6 6EE

Tube: Putney Bridge Station

 

Dates: 25th November - 24th December 2013

 

Located in the superb riverside stretch of greenery that is Bishops Park, Fulham Palace Garden Centre is a popular destination for Christmas tree hunters because it can be combined with a nice stroll by the Thames. Trees are in store from the end of November until they run out, so early birds catch the right Yuletide worm, so to speak. There's a huge choice in all varieties (Nordman, Spruce, Noble) and size (1.2m to 3m).  The profits go to a London youth charity called Fairbridge and the centre is run in conjunction with The Prince's Trust. The centre also stocks a huge supply of festive decorations, wreaths, candles, present ideas and gourmet food such as chutneys and mince - so it's definitely worth a visit even if you're not in the market for a strapping six-foot Nordic Fir.