AVAILABLE ON SATURDAY 8th DECEMBER:
1. Norway spruce The traditional cut Christmas tree in Britain has been the Norway spruce for many years , which has short, bright green, pointed needles that drop quickly. In recent years, however, sales of “non-drop” varieties, such as the conical Nordmann have overtaken the Norway spruce. Provided care is taken in looking after the tree it should survive for more than four weeks.
NORWAY SPRUCE 1 size £25 (limited supply)
2. Nordmann fir Increasingly popular in Britain, the Nordmann fir is now Britain's biggest selling Christmas tree. It's slightly more expensive than a Norway spruce and has little fragrance however, it's tough and crucially retains its needles for longer. The trees, which were originally found in south Russia, have a reliably symmetrical shape with a wide base and dark green, broad needles. The foliage is soft and glossy, which make it child-friendly. A good low-maintenance indoor option and great for larger decorations and baubles because of its branching patterns which really show them of.
NORDMANN FIR PREMIUM AND POPULAR 3 sizes from £20 to £50
3. How to make your real Christmas tree last
Keep it outside or in a cool place for as long as possible before moving it inside.
When you're ready to decorate it, chop a couple of centimetres off the stump and put it in water straightaway.
Water it every day - they drink lots - and try to position it away from radiators and open fires.
Christmas trees don't like heat. Always turn your Christmas tree lights off before watering and going to.