It’s hard to believe that it is December already – and even more surreal when you look back at the year we’ve had – but Christmas has been the beacon of light for many people during the pandemic.

Decorating the tree is a staple of Christmas traditions and although Covid-19 has taken many of our much-loved festive events, one thing looks set to be certain this Christmas – we will be decorating our trees.

Though the country has been in and out of lockdown, there are still places you can go to bag (or net) yourself a real tree for 2020.

Here are some of the places you can go to pick your own tree this Christmas.

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Pick your own Christmas tree at Cotley Farm in east Devon

1. Cotley Farm, Exeter

Where to find it: Cotley Farm, Whimple, Exeter EX5 2QR

Cotley Farm grow their own trees on site and you’ll still be able to enjoy your Christmas tree selection process this year.

The farm will now be running an online pre-booking system, so you can book your own slot and still choose your tree before the site fully reopens on December 2. You won’t be allowed on site without booking your slot first.

Admission is free on weekdays but the farm will be charging a £6 admission fee per car at weekends, of which £5 will be reimbursed on purchase of a Christmas tree.

If you can’t visit, then don’t panic, as Cotley Farm are running an online shop for delivery, plus click & collect options for Christmas trees and other festive goodies (including Christmas turkeys).

They have a wide selection of Christmas trees to choose from, with types including the Nordmann Fir, Norway Spruce, Fraser Fir and even ‘window box’ sized pot-grown Blue Spruce, Norway Spruce and Serbian Spruce.

They also offer a free netting service for trees up to 10ft and have a variety of tree stands on offer to keep your Christmas tree fresher for longer.

Prices start from £12 for a 3-4ft Norway Standard pot, to £140 for a 13ft Nordmann Premium, with larger trees to order.

You can see the full price list here.

2. Ashburton Christmas Trees, Newton Abbot

Where to find it: TQ13 7EZ is the nearest postcode, with the plantation located just off the A38 Devon Expressway just north of Ashburton.

Ashburton Christmas Trees will be open everyday between the hours of 11am and 3pm for reserving trees.

You can either choose and reserve a tree for collection later, click and collect online from the comfort of your own home or, from November 21 (10am until dark) you can choose and cut your own without the need to book.

The Christmas tree farm has put in place a number of safety measures, such as social distancing, hand sanitisation stations and rules on wearing face coverings, to ensure Christmas can still happen safely this year.

There’s even the chance to get some money off your tree if you tag yourself in a photo at the farm on Instagram or Facebook.

For a full price list, Covid guide and links to how you can buy, click here.

3. Totnes Christmas Tree Farm

Where to find it: Higher Plymouth Road, Totnes, TQ9 7LP

Totnes Christmas Tree Farm will be open up until December 24 for you to pick out your tree.

There will even be late night Christmas opening hours, so you have plenty of time to bring the kids along after school or at weekends.

Opening hours are: Monday to Saturday, 9am-7:30pm and 10am-5pm on Sundays

This Christmas tree farm is usually set up indoors, away from the cold and rain, and features a multitude of freshly cut trees of various shapes and sizes for you to choose from.

It prides itself on no mud!

For more information, visit the website here.

A row of beautiful and vibrantly green christmas trees with the sun beating down on them on a cold winter evening.
Do you get a real tree every year?

4. John Cockram Christmas Trees

Where to find it: Chulmleigh Hill, Chulmleigh, Devon, EX18 7ES and Horwood, Bideford, EX39 4PB

John Cockram Christmas Trees has an eight acre retail site based in the Little Dart Valley in Chulmleigh, where you can pick your own Christmas tree through the weekends leading up to Christmas.

Though they also have a site in Horwood.

They will be opening in 2020 under government guidelines for Covid-19 and will have a number of measures in place to protect staff and customers on site.

Opening times will be 9:30am to 3:30pm on the following days:

  • Saturday, November 28, 2020
  • Sunday, November 29, 2020
  • Friday, December 4, 2020
  • Saturday, December 5, 2020
  • Sunday, December 6, 2020
  • Friday, December 11, 2020
  • Saturday, December 12, 2020
  • Sunday, December 13, 2020
  • Friday, December 18, 2020
  • Saturday, December 19, 2020
  • Sunday, December 20, 2020

Horwood will be open seven days a week from Monday, November 23 to Sunday, December 20, 2020.

More information, including price lists and tree types, can be found here.

5. Connetts Farm, Honiton

Where to find it: Dunkeswell, Honiton, EX14 4QZ

Right on the Devon and Somerset border, rooted in the Blackdown Hills, Connetts Farm specialises in large Christmas trees, Christmas wreaths and Christmas garlands.

Not only does the farm supply household trees to families, it also caters for the needs of larger establishments like hotels, town centres, pubs and stately homes in Devon.

Christmas trees here are available up to 40ft and are available in Nordmann, Norway and Frasier Fir.

They can be delivered and even erected, or even chosen on site and delivered at a later date.

Prices vary depending on the size of the tree and the farm will be open from Friday, November 23 (everyday between 8:30am and 7pm).

Find out more here.

6. Stacey’s Christmas Tree Farm, Holsworthy

Where to find it: Higher North Beer Farm, Clawton, Holsworthy, Devon, EX22 6PQ

Opening seven days a week (9am – 5:30pm) from November 21 and including Christmas Eve, Stacey’s Christmas Tree Farm will have restrictions in place to ensure staff and visitors are as safe as possible amid the Covid pandemic.

Trees are cut daily and put in the farm’s display area for you to choose from or, if you’d rather, you can take a wander and pick one straight from the field.

Staff will carry them back to your car, net them and even help load them in for you.

There’s a vast selection of trees, as well as ample parking for visitors and, what’s more, you don’t need to pre-book.

For more information, including price lists, click here.

7. Culm Valley Christmas Trees, Cullompton

Where to find it: The Paddocks, Uffculme, Cullompton, EX15 3EY

Culm Valley Christmas Trees is a family-run plantation spanning two acres.

After selling out of popular sized Christmas trees very quickly in previous years, they have recently taken to social media to post a message to prospective shoppers, informing them that only trees 8ft and taller are in stock this year.

So for those of you wanting a bigger tree, mark Saturday, December 5 in your calendar – this is when the Culm Valley Christmas Tree plantation will be opening for business.

8. Marldon Christmas Tree Farm

Where to find it: Marldon Christmas Tree Farm, The North Pole, Totnes Road, Marldon, TQ13 1RR

Open to choose your tree now, Marldon Christmas Tree Farm requires bookings (and a £10 deposit) before you visit in order to keep everyone safe during this second lockdown.

They also recommend donning your wellies, wrapping up warm and downloading the ‘What3Words’ app on your smartphone, so you can note the location of your tree. If you don’t have access to a smartphone, then a staff member will have to accompany you once you’ve found your tree.

For more information and to book your slot, click here.

9. North Devon Christmas Trees & Wreaths, Barnstaple

Where to find it: Broady House, Broady Strap, Fremington, Barnstaple, EX13 2NP

Set on a plantation just two miles from Barnstaple, North Devon Christmas Trees include Nordmann Fir, Frasier Fir and Norway Spruce trees which have been planted at a stagger so there are a range of sizes to choose from.

The plantation is set to open for people to choose their trees (and even buy a wreath or two) from November 25, but is currently working on how best to make things safe amid the pandemic.

For the latest updates, click here.





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