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D&G farmer says real Christmas trees benefit environement

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A Christmas tree farmer from Dumfries and Galloway is urging people to consider buying a real tree this year, in a bid to help the environment.

Recent figures reveal that only 1 in 5 people are now opting for a real tree, with many choosing the convenience of an artificial tree instead.

However, Rory Young from Scottish Christmas Trees in Kirkgunzeon, says that chopping down thousands of trees is fine, so long as they're being replaced:


Not just for Christmas

Old Christmas trees will act as a natural flood defence Credit: ITV Border

Used Christmas trees are helping to prevent flooding in parts of West Cumbria.

Hundreds of trees have been recycled by the Environment Agency and placed along the banks of the river Derwent.

It is hoped that they will provide a natural flood defence.

More Christmas tree thefts

More than 800 Christmas trees have been stolen from Borders farms this year.

400 were taken from Shielsknowe Forestry, and a further 420 were taken from a neighbouring farm in Jedburgh.

Just two years ago, 400 trees were stolen from Shielsknowe.

The farm is run by a Dutch company, who grow and distribute Christmas trees across Europe.

Their Scotland manager, Christian Ladefoged says that while one or two trees are cut down and taken each year, it is very unusual for this many to be stolen.

Farm manager left 'frustrated' over tree thefts

Christian Ladefoged, Manager of Shielsknowe Forresty near Jedburgh Credit: ITV Border

Christian Ladefoged is the manager of Shielsknowe Forresty near Jedburgh.He said:

"It makes me really angry that people have just come and taken these trees. We put a lot of effort and work into growing them and for this many to be taken away, it is really frustrating."


420 Christmas trees stolen

Over £6000 worth of Christmas trees have been stolen from a farm in the Scottish Borders.

A total of 420 Nordman Pine trees were taken from Shielsknowe Forestry at Brundenlaws Farm near Jedburgh in Roxburghshire.

The theft was discovered by farm owners on Monday morning (November 26th).

The trees were packaged and placed on pallets, awaiting distribution to IKEA stores when they disappeared.

Christmas trees stolen

Christmas trees worth £6,300 have been stolen from a farm in the Scottish Borders.

420 Nordman Pine trees disappeared from Shielsknowe Forestry at Brundenlaws Farm near Jedburgh, Roxburghshire.

The theft was discovered on Monday (26th November) morning.

The trees had been packaged up and were on pallets ready to be delivered to furniture giant IKEA when they were taken.

Lothian and Borders Police have appealed for anyone with information to come forward, especially if a vehicle was spotted acting suspiciously in the area overnight on 25th November.