There are some great places in Ryedale where you can buy your Christmas tree, some where you can make it into more of a family outing rather than just a shopping trip.
In our house, there is something exciting about going to get the tree. It means Christmas really is coming and the kids love it. Getting a good tree is really important to me, there is nothing worse than having to look at an unbalanced, bald, half dead tree for a month!
As Ryedale is such a vast area, it partly depends where you live as to where you may go to buy your tree. Here are a few that sell really good trees in our area.
Scampston Hall sell their Christmas Trees at 2 locations, Scampston Hall (30th Nov to 22nd Dec 2017
10am to 4pm) and Lowthorpe, Driffield (25th Nov to 24th Dec 2017 9am to 4pm) so two handy locations depending on where you live in Ryedale.
Dalby Forest – Open Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays 24th November to 17th December. Along with the tradition of choosing your tree, there will be festive events and activities to enjoy in a lovely Christmas courtyard setting. Hidden Horizons will be there with their pop-up planetarium and they’ll help the kids to get hands-on creative too.
Why not make the most of your forest visit by staying a while or making a day of it? You can get some fresh air and stretch your legs by following a sign-posted family Christmas trail through the trees.
Parking is free with every tree sold and you also get a free baby Christmas tree to take home and nurture! We love seeing the photos you share of your Dalby trees growing up through the years!
Castle Howard – Why not visit the house to experience the Angels on High installation then pick up your tree from the Garden Centre. There is a great selection of decorations as well so you can ensure your tree looks truly beautiful this year!
Other places to buy Christmas Trees include Garrowby Estates, Dawnay Farm, Norton Hardware, The Balloon Tree, Paley’s of Malton, Duncombe Park and Dales in Malton and Pickering.
Once you have got your tree home, it’s then really important to look after it to ensure it looks the best it can! Scamspton Hall and Castle Howard have very kindly provided some care tips for the Christmas Tree…
1. Encourage your tree to drink plenty of water, a Christmas tree with no roots will still drink water by capillary action through its trunk, in the same way a cut flower in a vase does.
2. Before placing your tree in water, saw the bottom 1” (3cm) of the trunk away as this will open up the pores which have blocked since harvesting. Don’t cut the trunk at an angle, or into a v-shape, as this makes it far more difficult to hold the tree in the stand. It also reduces the amount of water available to the tree. Drilling a hole in the base of the trunk does not improve water uptake.
3. If you are not decorating your tree immediately it will be best kept in a bucket of water, somewhere cool and out of the wind. By removing the net at this point you will allow the branches to relax and fall back into shape.
4. Place your tree in a stand that will hold water (a traditional reservoir type), as buckets containing sand or soil will cause the pores in the trunk to block and prevent your tree from drinking. Use a stand that fits your tree. Avoid whittling the sides of the trunk down to fit a stand. The outer layers of wood are the most efficient in taking up water and shouldn’t be taken off if possible.
5. Keep trees away from major sources of heat (fireplaces, heaters, heat vents, direct sunlight). Use of lights that produce low heat, such as miniature lights, will reduce drying of the tree.
6. Keep your real tree topped up with water, as they can drink anything up to 2 pints per day depending on size and room temperature.
7. Never allow your tree to dry out as this will create a blockage within the pores and prevent your tree from taking up further water.
8. Add a small amount of sugar to the water as this will convert it to a more sap-like solution and make it easier for the tree to take up (just like cut flower crystals). You can also add a little lemonade, but take care not to end up with a sticky carpet or presents!
9. Turn your Christmas tree lights off at night, not only for safety and to save energy, but also to help reduce the drying effect on your tree.
10. Ensure there are plenty of presents underneath it to keep it company, and have a very Happy Christmas!
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