Discovering Britain's Oldest Christmas Tree

Dec 22, 2014 | written by:


After measuring the pros and cons of both artificial and fake christmas trees in a financial and environmental perspective, we concluded that either option can be a green one as long as smart measures are taken. For example, putting one up with the rootball still attached is ideal so that you can continue to replant it.

It turns out that the oldest tree in Britain, a 158-year-old redwood located in Bedfordshire, England, had been replanted numerous times and set up in Thomas Philip de Grey's estate, which is now historic. Although the tree has not been decorated in what is reported as decades, it is documented that the tree was planted in his garden in 1856.

It was only recently that English Heritage, the organization that now takes care of the historic estate, discovered it on the grounds. While doing research on the tree, they found that the tree was documented on the June 1900 edition of Gardner's Chronicle periodical. Since the article confirms that the tree was planted in 1856, it may have been the first to be introduced to the country.

 Being a giant redwood, British plant collector named William Lobb, brought back seeds from the Sierra Nevada, where the trees are indigenous. So, when we said in our debate article that we suggest replanting your christmas trees if you opt for a real one instead of a fake, this is right around the ballpark. We are glad that this special and historic tree is finally being appreciated again!

Image by English Heritage

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