Environmental Policy

At Botanica we supply quality, fresh cut Christmas Trees all grown by a member of  British Christmas Tree Growers Association.

  • A Real Christmas Tree is a Renewable Resource.
  • A Real Christmas Tree benefits the environment by using and removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and producing clean oxygen.
  • A Real Christmas Tree is 5 times more environmentally friendly than an Artificial Christmas Tree.
  • A Real Christmas Tree is biodegradable.
  • A Real Christmas Tree holds a very small carbon footprint, whereas Artificial trees create a substantial footprint due to use of fossil fuels in their production and delivery.

 

The British Christmas Tree Growers Association – Code of Practice.

Seed

All seed used for the cultivation of British Christmas Trees will be selected from seed sources which are sustainable and do not present any threat to endangered species. Growers will have available from seed suppliers or nurseries a certificate to that effect

Planted area

The area of land used for the cultivation of Christmas Trees will have been subjected to a survey on environmental; ecological or archaeological impact. The grower will have taken action to alleviate or minimise any damage as a result of his actions.

Cultivation of Trees

The growing of trees will be done in accordance with the best practice indicated by research in this country and overseas.

  • Such cultivation;
  • will take account of on site and off site impacts;
  • take measures to protect important special features;
  • comply with all health and safety requirements, for both workers and the public;
  • and include planning for accidents.

Chemicals

The growing of Christmas Trees shares with many horticultural cultivation threats from a variety of pests and diseases.

The British Christmas Tree Growers Association will commission and encourage research into methods of dealing with pests and disease which reduce or eliminate the need to use chemical herbicides or pesticides. Growers will have available for inspection any requirements under the COSSH Regulations and will guarantee that any use of chemicals will be in accordance with the current Pesticide regulations and will be the minimum necessary to deal with the particular problem. All procedures for the use of chemicals will include suitable protective clothing and work instructions for operatives and storage pf chemicals will be in accordance with best practice.

The control of rabbits and deer browsing will be by fencing or humane culling. Such action will be taken after consultation with neighbours where this is possible, and will ensure that fencing does not impact on rights of way.

Pollution

British Christmas Tree Growers will have in place a procedure for dealing with a spillage of chemicals or fuel and will have available plant and equipment for dealing with any such accidental spillage.  Workers will be aware of  the use of such equipment.

Wildlife

Christmas Trees provide an excellent habitat for many bird species.  British Christmas Tree Growers take account of the habitats of these birds in the cultivation of there trees. The cycle of growing and harvesting Christmas Trees is particularly conducive to birdlife and no work will be done which will disturb nests or young birds.

Harvesting

The cutting of Christmas trees is done in winter and has little or no effect on breeding or disturbance of wildlife. Trees will be harvested and handled to ensure maximum freshness for the purchaser

Workers

All workers will be trained for the operations they carry out. The Health and Safety Regulations will be met and the necessary protective clothing will be provided.

Christmas Trees

All Growers of British Christmas Trees will have available written advice to buyers on methods of ensuring survival of the tree for as along as possible. Trees after use are recyclable and there is no energy use or pollution in the growing of the tree.

There will be available for inspection a record of the source and ownership chain for the tree.

The procedures outlined above will be monitored by the British Christmas Tree Growers Association and tests will be carried out by independent examiners to ensure compliance.

IF YOU BUY A REAL FRESH CHRISTMAS TREE FROM A MEMBER OF THE BRITISH CHRISTMAS TREE GROWERS ASSOCIATION YOU ARE GUARANTEED A TREE WHICH HAS BEEN GROWN IN A SUSTAINABLE AND ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY MANNER AND IS RECEIVED BY YOU IN A FRESH AND HEALTHY CONDITION.

Make sure that the tree is from a British Christmas Tree Grower!!!

Botanica also dispose of the Christmas Trees in an environmentally friendly fashion through logging and chipping.