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Get sprucing! Local Christmas tree farms

It's December and that means it's time to drag a 7ft tree into the house and cover it with sparkly plastic! Here's where to go to make it happen.

christmas tree farms

It’s that time of year to dig out the decorations. And not a moment too soon because lord knows, we all need some cheering up. So make a space in the corner of your living room, unearth the tinsel in the loft and make a three-hour window in your diary to untangle your fairy lights. Christmas trees are a-coming! And if only the fir real version will do (see what I did there?), then here are the best Christmas tree farms and shops to pick your perfect pine, spruce or fir in Cambs and Suffolk.

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Kiln Farm in Kesgrave

The Cambridge Christmas Tree Company, Burwash Manor, Barton

As the name suggests this company specialises in Christmas trees and has been selling Nordmann Fir trees in our area for more than 35 years. They’re based at Burwash Manor throughout December, and a trip here can make for a fabulously festive day with a mooch around the shops (The Secret Garden sells gorgeous decorations for your new tree) and a hot choc in Flock Cafe. This company knows everything possible about winter spruces so can help you choose the perfect tree for your house. From £40+ and deliveries within a 10-mile radius.

The Rectory Farm Shop, Milton

Rectory Farm in Milton also stock Nordmann Firs (apparently they’re the superior Xmas tree with excellent needle retention!) in a range of sizes. You can wander round the yard and pick your perfect tree before heading into the Christmas Barn to get a load of decorations to bling it up. Check out the website for delivery areas.

Parsonage Farm Christmas Tree Experience, Bottisham

As the name suggests this is more than just a place to get a tree… it’s a full festive experience. You can walk around the plantation (that has been in situ for 30 years) and choose your favourite tree, which will be cut right in front of you so you won’t find a fresher tree. You can even reserve it and cut it nearer Christmas if you prefer to do your decor at a more respectable time in December!

Bury Lane Farm Shop, Melbourn

You can buy pre-cut trees from this lovely farm shop and garden centre just off the A10, and then spend the rest of the morning visiting the Christmas barn (which is festooned in thousands of twinkly lights, a display of moving reindeer and contains loads of decorations for your tree). Finish off with lunch in the cafe for the perfect tree picking morning out.

Millfield Orchard, Haddenham, Ely

Flex those muscles because at Millfield you can dig up your own Christmas tree. They’re open at weekends for tree choosing from 5 December and prices are £4/ft. Tools are available, but you can bring your own in the interest of Covid safety if you prefer. The best news about digging your own is that you can then plant the tree in your garden after Xmas making them a lovely sustainable option.

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Blackthorpe Barn Picture: TOM SOPER

Blackthorpe Barn, Rougham near Bury St Edmunds

Nowhere is quite as Christmassy as the gorgeous Blackthorpe Barns in December, and while we can’t enjoy all the usual craft fairs and grottos inside (they are virtual this year), you can still bag a brilliant tree from the yard. The cafe is open for takeaways too, so you can celebrate successful tree choosing with a nice warming drink. They have a selection of Nordmann Firs and Norway Spruces in all sizes, but you need to book an arrival time slot to pick your tree.

Elveden Courtyard, near Thetford

The courtyard is a lovely place to spend a festive themed morning and as well as decorations, a turkey, all your Christmas Day dinner trimmings and Christmas drinks, you can come away with a tree too. Pre-cut trees are available daily from 28 Nov until 20 December.

Wrentham Christmas Trees, Beccles

Head to Field Farm, a family-run business with 40 years experience in festive trees, and wander through the firs to choose your ideal shape and size before it is cut fresh in front of you. There’s a choice of Norway Spruce and Nordmann Fir as well as Blue Spruce and Serbian Fir if you’re feeling exotic! They can deliver within 12 miles of Wrentham,

Kiln Farm Nursery, Kesgrave

This lovely farm shop grows their own Christmas trees – Nordmann Fir (non-drop), Blue Spruce (non-drop silver needles) and Norway Spruce (traditional) – and have done on the site for 18 years, so the quality is fab. They plant a tree for every one that is cut down and have experts on hand to help you pick a pre-cut tree or a container grown tree that you can plant afterwards. You’ll also be able to pick up a wreath, Christmas veg box, and tree decorations while you’re here.

Hollow Trees Farm, Semer

There’s a lot going on at Hollow Trees in December – Christmas food shopping and boxes you can order, a festive farm trail with Santa, and of course Christmas trees. They stock pre-cut Nordmann Firs and Norway Spruces from 30cm to 4 metres (I’d love to see a car big enough to haul a tree that big home!). Pick up a wreath, some holly and mistletoe while you’re there too.

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