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Real Christmas Trees from Longacres Garden Centre

Christmas is just around the corner!  Where has the year gone?  Here at Longacres we have a huge array of Christmas trees ready for you to dress in your favourite colours and styles, with potted trees available from early November, and cut trees from the end of November.

Potted Christmas Trees

Whether you prefer a non-drop Nordmann Fir or a potted Blue Spruce, we have a range of trees and heights for you to choose from.  Don’t forget to order early for any trees 10ft or above as they do sell out quickly!   You can order your tree online and pop in to collect it when convenient using our Click and Collect service.

Real Christmas Trees

Fancy a bigger tree this year but worried you won’t fit it in (or on) your car?  Worry not!  We provide a delivery service (local area only) with named-day delivery, 7 days per week, for just £5.

Wreaths and GarlandsIf you don’t have the time to decorate your tree, our lovely florists provide a tree decoration service in situ.  Please enquire for pricing.

As well as trees, we have a range of holly wreaths, reindeer planters (which also make great Christmas gifts), and tree stands.

Reindeer Planters

Tree DecorationsIf you’re not keen on a real tree we have a large variety of artificial trees, including pre-lit ones, ready for collection.  Of course no tree would be complete without its decorations.  We have an amazing assortment of Christmas decorations available, from delicate glass baubles to strings of glittering lights, to complement your tree and your home, at this festive time of year.  Don’t forget the fairy or star for the top!

Before you plan your shopping trip to Longacres, remember that Santa is now in his grotto right up until Christmas Eve.   So, how about surprising the little ones with a trip to see the man himself?   For more information, click here. We hope to see you soon!

Christmas has arrived at Longacres!

Stand Up Owls and PenguinsStand Up SantasJingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way!  Okay, we know it’s only October but our huge range of Christmas decorations and lights has arrived and here at Longacres we’re already getting into the festive spirit.

A good way to get little ones to be on their best behaviour from the 1st of December until Christmas Day is to start with the Advent Calendar.  As well as tempting chocolate ones (yummy…chocolate for breakfast!), we also have wooden and material ones with pockets or drawers that you can fill with small treats.

Advent Calendars

Of course, one of the main things we think about at Christmas is the tree.  Many of us love the smell of a real Christmas tree and enjoy picking that special one out as the centrepiece for our home.  Here at Longacres our potted Christmas trees will be available from 12th November, and our cut Christmas trees will be available from 26th November.  So if you’re keen to reserve your one now, we have a fabulous offer for you:

Order your real Christmas tree online by midnight on 22nd November and get a sparkling 10% off its price!

You can then choose to have your tree delivered (£5 charge, local area only) or simply pop in to collect it when convenient using our Click and Collect service.  Click here to view the range.

Artificial Christmas Trees

We also have a large range of artificial trees and artificial pre-lit trees in stock now to suit all budgets, from our mini 25cm tree – ideal to brighten up your desk – through to stunning 10′ tall firs and pines. You don’t even have to worry about missing that ‘real Christmas tree smell’.  ScentSicles hanging ornaments come in a range of natural fragrances to give your home that real tree aroma.

ScentSicles

Wicker Tree StandsNot everyone likes the look of a plain tree stand, so if you prefer to hide yours from view, we offer a Woven Wicker Christmas Tree Skirt for £11.99. It will cover stands from 21″ at the base to 16.5″ at the top.  You can use the skirt for both artificial and real trees up to 7′ tall.

Of course, once you have decided on the tree, you need to choose your decorations.  Whether you go for specific colour schemes, traditional ornaments or prefer a modern twist, we have a wide variety of decorations to suit your style and individuality.  Personalised decorations make a lovely gift at Christmas time and children especially love to see a fairy or snowman with their name on it.

Tree DecorationsWe also carry a large range of battery operated LED lights.  These can be used indoors or out and each comes with a timer (6 hours on/18 hours off).  No more tripping over lead wires or hunting for a spare plug socket in your garage.  LED lights are low energy so one set of batteries can last up to 60 days use!

Battery-Operated LED Lights

As it’s quite expensive to visit Santa at the North Pole, you might like to create your very own Christmas village.  Lemax, the miniature experts, have a wide range of buildings and characters for you to explore and enjoy, including a collection of new designs especially for 2015.  Music and lights bring your village to life; from circus acrobats swinging on the trapeze to Tchaikovsky’s ‘The Nutcracker’ ballet with dainty dancers spinning around.  Whether you are just starting out , expanding your village collection, or seeking that special gift, we are sure you will be captivated by the range of models and characters available from Lemax. View the Lemax Christmas Village online range here.

Lemax Christmas Village

From wreaths to a stand up Santa, wrapping paper to candles – whatever you are looking for this Christmas, come down to see us at Longacres and add a little sparkle to your festive fun.  Ho, ho, ho!

Christmas Lights

Humble Beginnings of the Artificial Christmas Tree | Longacres

For some people nothing quite beats the smell, touch and feel of a real Christmas tree in their home. However, busy lifestyles mean we often want to re-create that traditional look more easily and conveniently.

We take a look back at the humble origins of the artificial Christmas tree and look at how it has developed over the years; now a popular choice for homes the length and breadth of the country.

The first artificial trees were made in Germany in the 19th Century and made from wood and goose feathers which were dyed green. The idea originally came due to concerns about deforestation. Over time the materials used to manufacture them have transformed moving from bristles, to aluminium, to plastic, to recycled and fire retardant PVC.

In the 20th Century trees became more outlandish and fashionable and the start of coloured trees and ornate decorations became popular. Today there is a vast choice of style, size and even colour available so that everyone can find the perfect artificial Christmas tree for their home.

At Longacres we are proud to stock some of the best available and our ranges include Royal Christmas, Tree Classics and Kaemingk. Amongst these are traditional, frosted and even black trees. What we guarantee is that we have some of the finest lifelike trees available giving our customers the best of both worlds: a realistic looking beautiful tree that has all the style, ease and convenience associated with an artificial one.

If you are looking for a beautiful artificial tree for your home look no further than Longacres, our team can give you help and advice on the different ranges we have. They are also available to order online and can be delivered nationwide.

How to choose your perfect Christmas Tree

With Christmas just around the corner (16 days to go – have you started your Christmas shopping yet?), many families are shopping for Christmas trees. It’s a great family activity, as long you as you can all agree on the tree! At Longacres, we aim to help families find their perfect Christmas tree. Below are our tips on choosing trees for the festive season:

1. Make sure you have measured for both height and width

Before heading out to buy your tree, you should measure both ceiling height and width of the area where your Christmas tree will be spending the next few weeks. Some growers and sellers taper the trees by 80%. This means a tree that’s 10ft tall could be 8ft wide! It may fit the room vertically, but then take up far too much floor space. At Longacres we have a wide range of trees from the small 60cm (2ft) to the large 5.5m (18ft)!

2. Decorations, decorations, decorations…

Think about the decorations you’re going to use (including the toilet roll angel you made in primary school of course…) Some trees have fewer branches and shorter needles (easier to get decorations on, but it means they’ll also come off more easily) than others. Be confident that the branches of the tree you’re getting can carry the weight of all your decorations.

3. Pick the right type of tree for you

There are several types of Christmas tree available: Fir, Pine, Spruce, and Cypress. At Longacres, we offer a large selection of both Fir and Spruce trees (cut and potted).

Nordmann Fir is the most popular type of Christmas tree due to its beautiful needles. They aren’t sharp (they have a rounded tip) and they won’t drop easily when the tree needs watering.

Blue Spruce trees are popular for the striking blue-green foliage and pleasing symmetrical form. Similar to the Nordmann Fir, Blue Spruce doesn’t drop needles as much as others.

4. Making your tree last longer

It’s pretty simple to take good care of your tree and make it last all the way through the Christmas period. The most effective way to keep your tree fresh and prevent excessive needle loss is by using a Christmas tree stand which acts as a water reservoir. When you get your tree home, cut approximately half an inch from the base of the trunk before you put the tree in its stand. If possible, keep the tree away from radiators, TVs and other heat sources!

Don’t leave it until the last minute before buying your tree – it’s much more fun to choose from a huge range! Get in touch with us for more information on our Christmas trees.