THE HOME OF THE CHRISTMAS TREE FOR OVER 40 YEARS
We have been growing Christmas trees at Littlefield Farm since the early 1980s. Originally an old orchard growing many old English varieties of apples we had to change our crop when British grown apples became unviable as we were unable to compete with apples imported from Europe.
We started with just a few Norway spruce and some of these are now over 40ft tall. These are the trees we now supply to many of the London landmarks and hotels at Christmas.
Later we started planting the needle retaining variety Abies Nordmanniana or Nordmann as they are commonly known. These are now the most popular variety of tree in the UK due to their resilience to the warmer conditions we all enjoy thanks to central heating.
Although the crop has changed we try to maintain the atmosphere of the old orchard. We still use the small old fashioned red tractors from the days of apple picking and much of the work is still done manually. The Christmas trees are all hand pruned with a little bit of help from a cherry picker we use to shape the very tall ones.