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.

And if you're looking to make your Christmas eco-friendly this year, be sure to dispose of your Christmas tree responsibly or re-plant it when the festive season is over.

Catsfield Christmas Tree Farm, Battle

This farm 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.

Where: Catsfield Christmas Tree Farm, The Stream, Battle, East Sussex TN33 9BB

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Goddenwick Farm, Lindfield

As well as choosing your festive centrepiece, here you can see a range of adorable animals, including 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 trees, including the Sussex fir – which has soft needles and a wonderful orange smell – and the beautiful blue spruce. Felled and pot-grown trees are also available, as well as Christmas wreaths.

Where: Goddenwick Farm, Ardingly Road, Lindfield RH16 2QX

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Furze Firs, Horsham

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.

Where: Bramblehurst, Furze View, Horsham RH13 0RH

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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, Serbian Spruce and Nordmann fir and one of their trees were 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 recognised as "the source of its continued stability, nourishment and longevity."

Where: Haywards Heath Rd, Balcombe, Haywards Heath RH17 6NJ

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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 trees with the lovely noble fir, Scots pine and blue spruce taking their place alongside the Norwegian spruce, Nordmann fir and Fraser fir. You can also buy your mistletoe here – and visit the resident reindeer!

Where: Little Down Farm, The Main Road, Westfield, East Sussex TN35 4SL

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