Christmas trees for Valentine's Day

Christmas tree growers say they could now be witnessing a second 'diary spike' every year, with customers wanting to decorate a traditional festive tree in the spirit of Valentine celebrations.

In Ayr, Scotland, 33-year-old Lydia Cunningham was so determined not to take down her six-foot  Korean Fir after Christmas, that she decided to re-dress it for this weekend’s romantic occasion.

The bought the tree from Garrocher Tree Farm in their neighbourhood.

She said: "We were really excited to have a real tree for the first time, and were pleased that the farm was donating £5 to the Ayrshire Hospice for every tree.

"From the moment we got it home it has just looked fantastic, and no matter what anyone says about real trees dropping needles, ours certainly hasn’t – so there was no way we wanted to throw it when the New Year came.

"As February approached I decided we could re-decorate it and make it a Valentine’s tree, so I bought some decorations from the internet and now it looks beautiful, covered in red roses and hearts."

Secretary of the British Christmas Tree Growers Association, Harry Brightwell, said he was delighted to hear the story of Lydia’s Valentine Tree, and that her ‘re-purposing’ of the tree is proof that real trees can often remain looking good for several months.

"We were thrilled to hear that one of our member growers had been contacted by the customer with this lovely story," he said.

"Real Christmas trees are given a lot of care and attention in their growing phase, and many of them are still in near-perfect condition long after the festive season. It’s great to hear that some people out there are looking to either revive a tree they’ve left standing in their home, or indeed that they are now going back to a Christmas tree farm to buy a new one for the occasion.

"Who said a Christmas tree needs to be only for the festive period? Perhaps we’ll see a few people hanging Easter eggs on them this year."

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