Roots for the Future is selling these little baby Christmas trees this month to raise funds for our community tree planting projects.

Purchasing one not only supports Roots for the Future’s work, but also supports other local enterprises. The trees come from Santa Fir in Cranleigh, a family run, sustainable grower and retailer of Christmas trees. The bamboo pots are sourced from the RHS shop and after about 5 years use, can be broken up and put onto your home compost.

And of course, you would be supporting Holly from Greenhouse, an independent florist who has very kindly agreed to sell the trees from her new stall outside Yard Market. While at the Greenhouse stall, you can pop inside the Yard Market where they have 85 different makers, most of whom are local. They sell homeware, kids wear and gifts, clothing, art, ceramics, jewellery, candles and bodycare. Additionally, half of the shop is a zero waste shop so take along your empty plastic bottles to refill.

Let’s support local businesses this Christmas and shop for our gifts locally. A recent survey by the Independent revealed that small business owners said if everyone in their local community spent £5 extra per week with small businesses it would help to keep them open in the long term. It has been a really hard year for everyone, but local shops and hospitality are really suffering and if we don’t support them this month, they may not be here next year.

This year has been a turbulent one for so many social enterprises across the world, many of who have been at the heart of community response to the pandemic. Roots for the Future’s work has been severely disrupted by social distancing. It’s hard to bring neighbours together to plant copses of trees when people have to keep two meters apart. Additionally the two national lockdowns have coincided with the best time to plant trees.

So buying one of these little Christmas trees not only will support our work and help us to continue to bring people together to plant trees, but it will also help your local high street retailers.

After enjoying your little Christmas tree this holiday, it will need to be outside for the rest of the year. Fir trees prefer cool, moist conditions so place the tree in a sheltered spot, not in direct sunlight. Keep it watered during dry spells.

After about a year or so, it will likely want a bigger pot or to be planted in the ground so it has room to grow. If the roots are constrained, the branches won’t grow bigger. If you plant it in the ground, you can still dig it out each Christmas to put it into a pot and bring inside. Be careful to dig widely around it and deeply to avoid damaging the roots.

Happy Christmas and thank you for your support!