Christmas is a month away which calls for one thing - it’s time to dig out the decorations and go and choose your Christmas tree. 

Whether you put your tree up on December 1 or like to leave it until the very last minute, there’s a few things everyone needs to know about picking out their tree this year. 

Why do we put up Christmas trees?

The evergreen fir tree has traditionally been used to celebrate Christian and Pagan winter festivals for thousands of years. 

Pagans used branches of the fir tree to decorate their homes during the winter soltice as it made them think of the spring to come. Christians use it as a sign of everlasting life with God. 

When should you put it up?

Advent officially begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas, this year falling on Sunday, November 29 - meaning it’s completely acceptable to put your tree up in November, hoorah!

However, there’s no right or wrong and if you want to put your tree up before or after Advent then so be it, we think you’re allowed to this year especially. 

How long do they last? 

With proper care, most real Christmas trees should last at least five weeks or more. That means, if you decorate for Christmas in late November, your tree should survive beyond the holiday festivities. 

Where can I get a real Christmas tree in Bournemouth? 

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Pine and Needles 

704-708 Christchurch Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH7 6BY

Pine and Needles on Chritchurch Road is a Christmassy mecca with a selection of trees to choose from between 3-13ft. 

You can walk around the store and choose your own or order your Christmas tree online for delivery or collection. 

Opening times:

10am - 7pm weekdays

8am - 7pm weekends

BH Christmas Trees

If you're unable to go and choose your own fir this year do not fear as BH Christmas Trees hat wearing elves can deliver your tree straight to your door for free in Bournemouth and Poole.

They offer top of the range Nordmann non-drop firs from 3ft for £25 and 6ft for £49. 

You can also check your carbon footprint with each tree on their website. 

Opening times:

9am - 5pm daily

Moors Valley

Moors Valley Country Park, Horton Road, Ashley Heath, Ringwood, BH24 2ET

If you're looking for a truly magical tree-picking experience then Moors Valley is the ideal place to visit.

Christmas trees from Moors Valley include Norway Spruce and Nordmann Fir and they help to support sustainable forestry in Britain.

There is a one way system in place to browse the trees and you are encourage to pay by contactless where possible. 

You can also enjoy a hot chocolate or even test your knowledge in their free 2020 Christmas Quiz Trail. 

Opening times:

10am - 4pm daily from December 1 to 16.

Compton Acres

Compton Acres, 164 Canford Cliffs Road, Poole, Dorset, BH13 7ES

For a truly special festive activity Compton Acres have a variety of freshly cut trees to pick from.

Tree varities include the classic Nordmann Fir, the Fraser Fir known for it's iconic Christmassy smell and the Blue Spruce which is known for its silvery blue steel colour. 

Once you've chosen your tree their are also a gorgeous array of decorations to shop for on site. 

Opening times:

10am - 4.30pm daily. 

Flower Factory 

1198 Ringwood Road, Longham, Bournemouth, BH11 9LQ

The garden centre and wholesaler in Longham is a great place to choose your next Christmas tree with no-fuss.

Their Nordmann non-drop trees vary in price and size with something for everyone's budget starting from £20 up to £125. 

The Flower Factory's a one-stop shop for all your Christmas needs with indoor and outdoor decorations. 

Opening times:

8.30am - 5pm Monday to Saturday

9am - 3pm Sunday

How do I dispose of my tree after Christmas?

Diverse Abilities and its volunteers can come and collect your Christmas tree and dispose of it responsibly between January 9-11. 

In exchange for collection they ask for a £10 dontation per tree.

Due to popular demand they advise you book early to avoid disappointment. 

Will you be getting a real tree or sticking with your favourite artificial one? Let us know in the comments.