More than 80 Christmas tree growers from across the country are currently harvesting their seasonal crop and working to meet deadlines to ensure an adequate supply of trees in advance of Christmas. Up to 400,000 trees are expected to be sold throughout Ireland and a further 200,000 will be exported to European markets, such as UK, Germany and France.
This year, Irish Christmas Tree Growers (ICTG) have launched a campaign to encourage the public to buy an Irish-grown tree with the ‘Love a Real Tree’ label. This national labelling campaign will help consumers to support the local economy and find a tree that has been grown in Ireland.
Tony Johnston, ICTG chairman said: “It can take between 7-10 years before an Irish-grown Christmas tree is in peak condition and ready for harvesting. We are expecting an excellent harvest this year as growing conditions have been particularly good, trees are displaying a good colour so we are looking at an excellent 2017 crop.”
Ireland’s climate provides the ideal conditions for growing top-quality Christmas trees. The non-shed Nordmann Fir and Noble Fir are, by far, the most popular. The industry as a whole is worth an estimated €21m to the national economy annually.
As part of this year's campaign, the ICGT ran a tree-themed poetry competition for primary school children all over Ireland.