Palmer says growing a Christmas tree crop is a possible diversification opportunity.
"But until now, many growers have been discouraged by the lack of available information, as no such publication has been available in the UK."
He said simple questions such as "what varieties of Christmas trees will grow on my land" or "what varieties should I grow" often have quite complex answers, and this booklet is aimed at pointing growers in the correct direction.
The guide has been written by Palmer, Christmas tree grower, and crop protection adviser to the Irish Christmas Trees Growers and British Christmas Tree Growers Association.
It draws on his 40 years of experience as a grower and adviser. Within the 68 pages you will find all aspects of managing a Christmas tree enterprise - suitability of site, choice of variety, planting requirements, nutrition, shaping, harvesting, marketing and post harvest operations.
In addition there is a substantial section on the identification of pests, diseases and weeds, with comprehensive advice on the most cost effective, crop tolerant solutions. Any changes to the regulatory approvals will be published as necessary on the Rural Services website
Christmas Trees. A Growers Guide can be ordered online from www.ruralservices.info with a retail price of £16.95 (UK) and €19.95 (Ireland).