Get sprucing! Christmas tree farms are open
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.
It’s that time of year to dig out the decorations. And not a moment too soon because 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!
Langford Lakes, Langford Budville, near Wellington
Nibble on a mice pie while you peruse freshly cut and potted Christmas trees grown on a family-run, 40 acre Middle Hill Farm. Masses of decorations, baubles, pine cones, berries, lights, tree stands, wreaths – the lot. You might see Santa there too. Open every day of the week until Weds 23 Dec.
Cranborne Christmas Tree Farm, Alderholt, near Fordingbridge
Fifty acres of Christmas trees grown on the Cranborne Estate. Choose your own tree from the plantation Fri, Sat or Sun from 9.30am–3.30pm, or order one over the phone for collection any day of the week until Weds 23 Dec.
Banwell Christmas Trees, Banwell, near Weston-super-Mare
Bring your own spade or borrow one of theirs to dig up your own tree at this place. Pre-cut trees also available if you can’t be fagged. Cash only here. Open daily 8am–4pm daily until Sun 20 Dec. If the effort of digging works up a thirst, Thatcher’s cider shop is just down the road.
Mendip Christmas Tree Farm, between Shepton Mallet and Frome
Choose and cut your own tree. Walk (or ride up in their train) into their forest of trees, choose your tree, mark it with a tag, and they’ll cut it down and bring it into the barn to be netted so you can take it away. Pre-cut too. Freshly cut
Mon to Fri, 10am-6pm; Sat & Sun 9am-6pm. Choose and cut Mon to Fri,
10am-3.30pm (last entry)l Sat & Sun 9am-3.30pm (last entry).
Old Star Christmas Trees, Beercrocombe, near Taunton
Little cottage business selling Nordman Fir trees grown on a son-in-law’s farm in the Quantocks. Repair to the Finnish Grillkota to warm your hands around the woodburner or have a look at the old Chard canal running through the garden. Open weekends 10am–4pm; call Niki on 07794870909 if you want to pop over mid week.
Trinity Street Christmas Trees, Dorchester
Perfectly shaped Christmas trees to buy in person, buy online or chosen via Zoom for a £10 donation to Barnado’s. Thousands of trees including living, rooted, trees in pots, grown in local and Scottish plantations. Christmas lights, handmade wreaths and tasteful natural dex, too. Outlets in Weymouth and Bridport, too. Free delivery throughout Dorset. Open Mon–Sat until 8pm; Sun until 5pm.
Secret Valley, Goathurst, near Bridgwater
Secret Valley’s John Hardwick is a former chair of the British Christmas Tree Growers Association, and the family have been growing Christmas trees on the edge of the Quantock Hills for the past 30 years. To buy cut or pot-grown trees, visit or buy online and collect. Either way, stop to say hello to the donkeys and alpacas, have a mulled cider and mince pie and have a gander at their selection of wines made with grapes from their vineyard. Open Mon to Sat 10am–5pm; Sun 10am–4pm.
Vale of Camelot Growers, Sparkford, near Yeovil
Small, family-run farm which grows plants and pick your own soft fruits for most of the year and Christmas trees in December. Open every day from 9.30am–4.30pm.