5 of the best Christmas tree farms

Catsfield Christmas Tree Farm and Shop. Photo: Blueberry PR

Catsfield Christmas Tree Farm and Shop. Photo: Blueberry PR - Credit: Archant

Choose a locally grown tree and indulge in a fabulously festive experience with a visit to one of these local growers - you might even spot some reindeer too

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Catsfield Christmas Tree Farm, Battle

This place offers a one-stop service - you can visit and choose your tree yourself, order online and even arrange to have the tree collected after Christmas. There’s a great choice on offer - from Fraser Fir to Norway Spruce, with Nordmann Fir the most popular.

You can also choose a pot-grown tree which can be brought inside year after year, and for every tree they fell, the owners plan another in its place.

Open until Christmas Eve, 9am to 6pm – weekends 8am to 6pm.

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Goddenwick Farm, Lindfield

As well as choosing your festive centrepiece, here you can see reindeer, pygmy goats, sheep, donkeys, peacocks, ducks, chickens and alpacas.

Across Goddenwick and its sister site at Five Ashes, Sussex Trees sells seven different types of tree including the Sussex fir – which has soft needles and a wonderful orange smell – and the beautiful blue spruce.

Felled and pot-grown trees are available, as well as Christmas wreaths, and online orders can be delivered up to 21 December. Open until 22 December, 9am-5pm.

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Furze Firs, Horsham

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Owned by three local families, this friendly plantation sells Nordmann firs (the most popular in the UK due to its relatively slow needle drop). You can buy pre-cut, cut your own or choose a pot-grown tree and the business also offers a click and collect service.

For this year, the plantation has a booking system for weekends to avoid the site growing too busy, so do visit the website beforehand.

Open until 21 December, 10am-5pm, 9am-4pm weekends.

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Balcombe Estate Sawmill

Homegrown and freshly cut Christmas trees are on offer with the estate planning to offer a drive-through system to minimise contact between staff and customers.

The varieties on offer are Norway spruce, Nordmann fir and Serbian spruce and one of their trees was chosen to grace the Tate Britain in 2016, when it was installed upside-down to highlight the gold-painted roots, which Iranian artist Shirazeh Houshiary recongised as “the source of its continued stability, nourishment and longevity.”

2-22 December 10am-4pm

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Littledown Christmas Tree Farm, near Brede

Located in Westfield, five miles north of Hastings, this family farm offers six varieties of tree with the lovely noble fir, Scots pine and blue spruce taking their place alongside the Norwegian spruce, Nordmann fir and Fraser fir.

As a rather generous incentive, the owners offer a free gift with every tree purchased – customers can choose from a holly wreath, a sack of local potatoes or some gold sprayed decorations. You can also buy your mistletoe here – and visit the resident reindeer!

Open until 24 December, 8am-8pm

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