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MetiNews.Com - It's a popular new scheme that means real Christmas trees don't have to go to landfill

Cornwall news Cornish farm keeps your tree alive and gives it back to you each Xmas UK news

MetiNews.Com - It's a popular new scheme that means real Christmas trees don't have to go to landfill

Cornwall news  Cornish farm keeps your tree alive and gives it back to you each Xmas UK news
22 November 2020 - 09:15

Breaking News ! One of the saddest parts about Christmas is the sorry sight of trees abandoned along the roadside come the new year. The unmistakable fragrance of a real tree can't be matched by anything artificial and with millions of people moving towards a more sustainable lifestyle people are questioning not just the consequences of artificial trees, but also, those of cutting down millions of real trees every year to only be enjoyed for a few weeks. But this sustainable tiny-farm in Cornwall says things could be changing, as it offers up a genius scheme to rent your Christmas tree instead this year. Now you get to enjoy all the perks of a 'proper' tree before returning it to be planted again and enjoyed for many Christmases to come. You can even have the same tree the following year and watch it grow. Puddle Farm is a small holding in Lanlivery, near Bodmin, born five years ago when Melanie Broomhead, 45, and her partner Chris Rodwell, 43, moved to their farm in search of what they call "the good life". Along with the helping hands of their five-year-old daughter Winnie, the couple only started planting trees last year and now have around 120 altogether. Melanie Broomhead was inspired to start the scheme with her partner Chris Rodwell after years of their own real trees going to waste (Image: Puddle Farm) This year the trees will join people in their homes for the first time through the holiday season. "We started planting a couple years ago when we bought quite a few larger ones like 5ft and 6ft trees but we are not quite ready to rent them out until next year," said Melanie. "This year we are focusing on the smaller ones - the 3ft and 4ft - and we have even planted some new babies that people will get to watch grow." The land they have is only three and a half acres and the trees form one of the newest projects for the family alongside their community-led farm shop which sells homegrown organic produce and animal products from rare-breeds, as well as artisan products from other local makers who volunteer to help run the shop. Melanie continued: "It's quite amazing what you can do with a small amount of space and for the size of land we have got, we have a good amount of trees. "They are all pot-grown and they are bought as bare-root trees, potted at the farm, then the pot is sunk in the ground and filled with sand." This way of doing things means that they don't have to dig up the roots of the trees each year, they literally just take the pot out of the ground and the tree remains in that pot in your home. The Puddle Farm shop (Image: Puddle Farm) “There will be a little bit of unsuccessful results and they are not all going to survive after the Christmas period because of a variety of things like central heated homes, but if we can get a 90 per cent survival rate for the trees then we will be happy," she said. Melanie added that for years as a family they bought real cut trees that were then disposed of in the new year but more recently they have been thinking of a more sustainable option.

. "It is natural and smells nice, but recently we started thinking how it seems completely crazy because it's essentially a one time crop that you cut and that’s it – it's gone and it's gone forever. “Now these are sustainable, environmental friendly and it seems completely bonkers to have a one-off tree to us now even though we have been doing it for years and years. Join our Christmas in Cornwall Facebook group We've set up a dedicated Facebook group for all things Christmas, run by our Cornwall Live reporters. The page celebrates Christmas in Cornwall and keeps members up to date on all the events in the region. We also share the beautiful decorations, the goodwill and the fantastic gifts that our beautiful county has to offer. To join our group click here and click 'join'. "It just seems wasteful and we want to do something to rectify that and put right all those years of cutting them down and take a positive turn with this new sort of project in place." She added that they would have really liked to have opened the farm to visitors this year so that families could choose their tree but the pandemic has meant that couldn't happen. “I hope that people get to do that next year because it adds a nice sentimental touch. Someone this year has named one after her late husband and it's great if people can watch the trees grow and then children can understand that they are sustainable and see their tree go from 3ft to 7ft potentially over the years." The small holding is home to 120 trees that - if all goes well - should be enjoyed by families for many years to come (Image: Puddle Farm) “After Christmas, once we have collected them from people's homes, they will spend a month in our growing area where we can keep a close eye on them, give them extra water and if any start to look a bit sick we will keep them where they are and the healthy ones will go straight back in the ground. "By the end of January and we will probably have planted a fresh batch as well ready for the following year". Puddle Farm only has a couple dozen trees left for rental this year so if you are interested and live in the area you best be quick. A St Austell-based farm has a Facebook page that offers a similar scheme here. If you or someone you know offers this service in Cornwall let us know and we can include your details in this article.

Source = MetiNews.Com - Cornwall

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Cornwall news Cornish farm keeps your tree alive and gives it back to you each Xmas UK news


Cornwall news Cornish farm keeps your tree alive and gives it back to you each Xmas UK news


Cornwall news Cornish farm keeps your tree alive and gives it back to you each Xmas UK news


Cornwall news Cornish farm keeps your tree alive and gives it back to you each Xmas UK news

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