The trees we sell are not wild, so harvesting them is not de-forestation. The trees are planted by us as a crop and for every tree harvested another is planted… otherwise we would go out of business in the first year! In each of the last few years, we have cut approximately 14,000 trees and planted 17,000 – 17,500 trees.
Christmas trees release oxygen when they grow. 1 acre of Christmas trees provides enough daily Oxygen for at least 18 people. This is currently the subject of a study by the British Christmas Tree Growers Association.
British Christmas tree plantations have been found to support biodiversity according to the first ever study of its kind undertaken in the UK. Commissioned by the British Christmas Tree Growers’ Association, the study scrutinised a number of sites across the UK. Well-managed plantations were found to support insects, arachnids, both native and migratory birds, as well as species of conservation concern such as red squirrels and polecats. Here at The Tree Barn, we frequently find Woodcock, hares and Yellowhammers (a ‘red list’ species) in our tree plantations.