The best places to buy Christmas trees in Glasgow and Edinburgh
Real Christmas trees, fake trees, wreaths, firewood and flowers
GLASGOW AND SURROUNDING AREA
Caring Christmas Trees (various outlets, 0845 111 8733, www.caringchristmastrees.com) has outlets for their sustainably-farmed Nordmann Firs in various locations around the country, including Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee, Aberdeen, Musselburgh, Paisley, Livingston and Fife. The ‘caring’ part of the title comes from the charities benefiting from the sale of trees: Glasgow’s Impact Arts charity helps vulnerable youngsters, Paisley’s Accord hospice helps patients with chronic illnesses, while Bethany homeless shelters around the country receive a share of the profits for trees sold in their area. Prices range from £24-£55 for trees measuring 4-8ft in height; delivery is available for an extra fee. See website for more details of charities and collection points in your area.
If you’d rather get your hands dirty, Finlaystone Country Estate (Langbank, Renfrewshire, 01475 540505, www.finlaystone.co.uk) is letting visitors come in and tag the tree they’d like from Sat 20 Nov, then come back later to chop it down themselves. All trees are of the very traditional Norway Spruce variety; any under 6ft will cost £17.50, while trees measuring 10ft and over will cost £30. The tree chopping is being presented as part of a wider programme of family-friendly festive events: Christmas gift stalls and a Santa’s Grotto will be situated on the grounds, with ready-prepared trees, wreaths and firewood also up for sale. Local tree delivery can be arranged at extra cost.
Loch Lomond Garden Centre sell a selection of tree varieties that range from £12 to £25. There's also a cafe.
EDINBURGH AND SURROUNDING AREA
Dobbies Garden World (Melville Nursery, Lasswade, 0131 663 1941, www.dobbies.com) sell real and artificial trees in a variety of styles and sizes, with sizes available from 2-15ft, and prices ranging from £19.99-£299 (or up to £750 for a more luxurious model). Delivery is free on orders over £100, and a wide range of lights, garlands, wreaths and flowers is available too.
Green Fir Christmas Trees (07545 489669, www.edinburghchristmastrees.com) are based in Edinburgh city centre, and deliver without charge to most areas throughout the city (see website for map). The trees used are the ever-popular Nordmann Firs (which have a good reputation for dropping fewer needles), with sizes ranging from 5-12ft for households or 25ft for businesses, priced between £45 and £150.
The Forestry Commission in Scotland has a number of outlets for tree buying around the country, including one at Blairadam Wood, near Kelty in Fife and one at the erstwhile mountain biking mecca Glentress Forest (Tweed Valley, near Peebles, 01387 860247, tinyurl.com/glentressxmas). From Sat 8 Dec, visitors can purchase anything from a £12 3ft Lodgepole Pine to a massive 19ft Normann Fir for £252. There are no delivery options available, but you can pick up Christmas wreaths and firewood while you’re there.
Newhailes estate in Musselburgh sells Christmas trees from its nursery inside the National Trust site.
Hopetoun House, to the west of Edinburgh sell trees, logs and other goods and their Christmas tree prices start at £24.
Pines and Needles (0845 458 2788, www.pinesandneedles.com) is a London-based web site that delivers trees all over the UK; luckily, their sustainable farm supplier is based in Perth, so next day delivery to Glasgow or Edinburgh costs only £12.95. The trees themselves come in a variety of species, and range from small tabletop varieties to 7ft models, with prices starting at £19.95. Decorations, lights, stands, wreaths and garlands are also available.
Real Christmas Trees (0845 604 8366, www.realchristmastrees.co.uk) sells firs and spruces from 4-60ft in height. Prices for trees between 4-20ft range from £55-£98, and include free delivery; anything larger is subject to a fee. A selection of wreaths, mistletoe, holly and lights is also on offer.
Blooming Artificial (08452 571 871, www.bloomingartificial.com) sells – you guessed it – artificial trees and plants, for those who don’t want to mess about with pine needles. Free nationwide delivery.