What’s the use for Spruce? – Top five facts about the traditional Christmas tree

Top five facts about the traditional Christmas tree

With is attractive look and wonderful scent Norway spruce is the perfect tree for those who appreciate the classic look and smell of Christmas. Once the nation’s best seller, it is considered as the traditional Christmas tree.

In recent years it has been overshadowed by non-drop varieties. Norway spruce is an important tree both economically and ecologically, so Forestry Commission England has come up with its top 5 reasons to spruce up your Christmas this year.

  1. Norway spruce makes the perfect garden Christmas tree – delight your neighbours with a beautifully lit spruce outside of your house. The cool air keeps it fresh for much longer.
  2. Fancy a tipple? Spruce needles can be added to your Christmas Gin. Add some washed spruce needles to one cup of gin and leave to infuse overnight.
  3. Full of wonderful vitamins and antioxidants, spruce needles are great way to soothe sore throats – to make a tea, take the needles, wash and brew for 5 minutes.
  4. Christmas candles – love the smell of spruce? Grind up the needles and add to some melted wax.
  5. Spruce oil has an extensive antibacterial and anti-inflammatory property. You can add spruce oil to your pets shampoo to repel fleas and ticks.

Water your Norway spruce and keep it away from fires or radiators to help needle retention and keep it looking lovely for longer.

Norway spruce, along with other real Christmas trees, is available directly from 14 of our forests across England.  All trees come with a free sapling to plant at home!

There’s a whole range of festive activities for families at our forests. From festive fare to wreath making workshops, family trails, carol singing and Santa’s grotto.

  • The annual Enchanted Christmas illuminated trail at Westonbirt Arboretum
  • The all new Highway Rat trail at 20 forest locations
  • Yuletide carolling at Moors Valley Country Park
  • A range of festive family events hosted by A Breath of Fresh Air at Wyre Forest
  • Christmas in the Courtyard at Dalby Forest

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Watch the journey of our home-grown Christmas trees –

For more info and events visit www.forestry.gov.uk/christmas