We are a family run business and our sole aim is to supply the folk of Bristol with fabulous, locally grown trees, while also maintaining a thriving environment for all the wildlife that lives on our farm.
Buying a freshly grown tree from our farm means you are keeping your carbon footprint as small as possible. You will also buying a tree that is as fresh as can be, so it will last longer and still be looking spectacular on Christmas Day.
Have a look at some of our reviews – we have many loyal, happy customers that have been coming back year after year – often with their children, brothers and sisters, parents, dogs. A trip to the farm can be a real family event. We often get asked questions about how long it takes to grow our trees, so click here if you want to find out about our tree planting programme.
We have been growing Christmas trees on this land since 1999, when Peter and Simon planted their first Norwegian spruces. Here are pictures of the field when the trees were first planted and Peter and Simon selling their first trees.
The hedge saplings we planted that year have grown into the magnificent native hedgerow that surrounds the farm today. Our landmark windmill was imported from Amarillo, Texas in 1999, and this year, students at the University of Bristol are working on a project to convert its wind power into electricity that we can use on the farm. We will be posting news about this on our blog.
In 2008 we expanded our planting into the neighbouring field, which we now call our ‘wet field’, because it has some drainage issues, and in 2015 we bought a third field next to the Dings Rugby ground. Our site is now home to 40,000 Christmas trees. In 2021, we dug a pond on the wet field to serve a dual purpose: to help with the drainage problems, and as an excellent habitat for wildlife.
Planting Christmas Trees
Every year, we plant sapling Christmas trees to replace the trees we have cut down. The seeds for our trees come from the vast, spectacular Russian forests in Georgia, and they are planted and brought on as saplings in Denmark. When they arrive on our farm, the saplings are already three or four years old.
We plant them in March and September. The Nordmann fir trees take another eight years to reach maturity. Each year they need careful tending and pruning to grow into the perfect Christmas Tree shape. Our Norwegian spruce take six years to reach a good height for cutting, which is why they are less expensive to buy.
Over the years we have donated thousands of £££s to local charities. Every year we also support the Jessie May charity, and you will find a donation bucket on our pay desk. Over the years our kind customers have raised hundreds of pounds for this local charity.
We also donate a limited number of trees to good causes, such as local schools and nurseries, charitable organisations, and worthwhile fundraising events.
Our three fields are surrounded by a native hedgerow, which is a haven for wildlife and home for many birds and insects. We have a lot of flora, and all sorts of fungi growing on old tree roots.
We have tree sparrows, cliff chaffs, blue tits, robins, blackbirds, woodpeckers, woodcocks and owls living on the farm to name just a few, as well as a badger sett, deer, mice and rabbits. Sparrowhawks and buzzards routinely patrol the area for smaller rodents, which make their homes in the long grass and under the trees.