Why a Real Tree
When it comes to picking a Christmas Tree you have a choice to make - a fresh, locally grown, real Christmas Tree or an artificial Christmas Tree imported from Asia. It’s important that you consider all factors when making this decision. Our aim is to equip you with the necessary information to consider the impact on the environment when choosing a Christmas Tree.
Real Christmas Trees:
Real Christmas Trees take approximately 8-10 years to grow for a standard-sized tree. The key ingredients to grow the perfect Christmas tree are good soil, a mixture of sunshine and rain during the growing season and regular pruning.
Growing real Christmas tree is good for the environment, reducing greenhouse gases by absorbing harmful CO2, removing and storing the carbon while releasing the oxygen back into the air. Excess carbon dioxide (CO2), caused by many factors, is building up in our atmosphere and contributing to climate change. An acre of growing Christmas Trees can provide clean air for up to 18 people per day. Killakee Christmas Tree farm provides employment in the local community. Real Christmas trees are fully recyclable and can be turned into bark chippings for use in gardens and wood can be used as fuel.
Artificial Christmas Trees:
Artificial Christmas trees are plastic which is made from oil and is a non-renewable resource and harmful to the environment. Artificial trees are predominantly manufactured in Asia, 8,000+km away requiring more oil and natural resources to transport them to Ireland. Plastic trees cannot be recycled and are a long-term burden to the environment as they remain in landfill forever.
Every time the Killakee Christmas Tree Farm cuts down a real Christmas tree we plant at least another tree thus continuing the benefits to the environment of growing real trees.