Don’t kill a Christmas tree – rent one instead
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We all love a Christmas tree but hate chucking it away after Christmas. So why not save your guilt and rent one instead?
Alastair and Diane Lucking, who run Love A Christmas Tree can save you any angst because they let you rent a tree over Christmas and give it back to the in the new year.
If you want, you can rent the same tree year after year and watch it grow over time.
Well, that’s the idea. Alastair says the thought of Christmas tree rental came to him whilst he was on holiday.
“It covered two aspirations, to be more environmental than any current tree offering – real or plastic – and creating a business disrupter product for the Christmas tree market.”
The Luckings import saplings from Denmark and replant them, letting them get tall enough to rent out. They’re grown in special containers with tiny holes around the side, which allows the smaller roots to grow into the surrounding soil.
When the trees are harvested those smaller roots break off, but the majority of the roots stay in the pot, which makes replanting relatively easy. When the trees are replanted, they continue to grow, and some people rent the same tree each year.
“We tie a tag to each one with a number, and name, and record it in a book. One of our customers has a young family member who measures his height against the tree each year to see how much he’s grown”, says Alastair.
Prices vary according to size but a 1.5m (5ft) tree costs £30 to rent. Trees are delivered from the beginning of December, and are picked back up from customers in the first week of January when they’re replanted and wait for their time in the limelight in another year’s time.