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Real Christmas Tree Care

Get the best out of your real Scottish Christmas tree

Popular for their non-needle drop properties, Nordmann Fir trees come in a variety of sizes to suit your space.

Sizes from 4-10ft

Prices from £34.99


Fraser Fir are our most popular Christmas trees, retaining their needles well throughout the season, and they give off the most beautiful scent.

Sizes from 4-10ft

Prices from £34.99



The traditional Norway Spruce will fill your room with a sweet pine scent and comes in a range of sizes.

Sizes from 4-10ft

Prices from £22.99


The Incredible Environmental Benefits of Real Christmas Trees

The new research that shows how benefitial real Christmas trees grown in the UK are to the environment. 

Real Christmas Tree Care Instructions

How to look after your Christmas Tree and prevent needle loss this Christmas

Did you know…? It is possible for cut Christmas trees WITH NO ROOTS to drink water, by capillary action, through their bark – in the same way that cut flowers drink water in a vase.

Top Tips

1. Make sure you buy a quality, fresh tree!

Torwood tip – Check that the tree is fresh by gently running your fingers down the length of one of the lower branches. The needles should stay fast.

2. When you get your tree home…

If it’s too early to take the tree indoors, place the tree in a cool, dry place out of the wind – and in a bucket of water, so that the tree can drink.

Just before you take the Christmas tree in the house, saw off the bottom 1″ (2.5cm) of the trunk. This creates a fresh cut and opens up the pores in the bark, which otherwise block up with sap within a few hours of being cut. The tree is then able to drink water through these pores via capillary action.

At Torwood, we will cut the base off your tree and net it for you.

Bringing your tree indoors

3. If you can, gradually increase the temperature of the tree when bringing indoors rather than placing in a very warm room.

4. Once inside the house, try and position your Christmas tree away from any heat sources such as radiators. Heat will dry out your tree faster.

5. Place your tree in plain water – not soil or sand which would block the pores in the bark.

6. Keep the Christmas tree stand topped up with water. Your Christmas tree may drink 2-3 pints (1-2 litres) of water per day, depending on its size and your central heating settings.

This is very important as once the water level drops below the tree’s trunk, sap will re-seal the bark within a few hours, preventing the tree from drinking any further water – even if you then re-fill the Christmas tree stand. You won’t want to have to saw off the bottom inch of the trunk again!

An empty wine bottle is an ideal way of reaching the stand once the tree is fully decorated. The empty bottle is also a good way of remembering to give your tree a Christmas drink!



  • Keep the water topped up.
  • Add some sugar to the water – this is thought to be beneficial to the tree.
  • Turn the Christmas tree lights off at night.


  • Place the Christmas tree in sand or soil this will block the pores in the tree’s bark preventing it from drinking.
  • Forget to keep watering your Christmas tree regularly.

Caring for the Environment - Recycle your Tree

Once the festivities are over, the last thing you want to do is worry about what you’re going to do with your tree.

This year, we’re supporting the local Christmas tree recycling initiative to raise money for Strathcarron Hospice in partnership with Sustainable Thinking Scotland, making it easy for you to recycle your tree and support a good cause.

Please make sure you book your Christmas tree in for collection before 7th January.

Once all the trees have been collected, Sustainable Thinking Scotland will recycle them (using them in their production of biochar), reducing your carbon footprint and positively impacting our local environment. 

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