Ten great places to buy a real Christmas tree in Sheffield

It’s that time of year again, when thoughts turn to bringing home a Christmas tree and festooning its branches with festive decorations.

Friday, 29th November 2019, 6:00 am
Updated Friday, 29th November 2019, 11:02 am

Fearful of messy pine needles, some people choose to play it safe with an artificial variety, but others wouldn't dream of doing without the Alpine authenticity of a real fir or spruce.

For the latter, we’ve compiled an indispensable guide detailing 10 of the best places in Sheffield to buy a proper Christmas tree – meaning the only tasks left are to start choosing, and buying...

Longshaw Estate

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National Trust Ranger Mark Bull (left) and volunteer Chris Morgan in the Christmas tree nursery at Longshaw. Picture: David Bocking

The Longshaw Estate, near Fox House and not far from Hathersage and Grindleford in the Peak District, has long been a destination for real trees. Sustainable, non-needle drop types are offered, and proceeds go towards maintaining the National Trust estate for the future. Cut and rooted varieties are available. Visitors can find trees at the Moorland Discovery Centre, next to the main Woodcroft car park. Call 01433631757, click here or email [email protected] for details. Opening hours 10am to 4pm, November 29 to December 23.

Just Natural, Crookes

Christmas trees are traditionally displayed outside Just Natural, on Crookes high street, by the start of December. The specialist fruit and veg shop's trees are extremely popular and the best are often bought quickly. Opening hours 9am to 9.30pm Monday to Saturday, 9am to 5pm on Sundays. Call 0114 266 6142 or visit https://en-gb.facebook.com/JustNat.Crookes for further information.

Beanies Corner

Beanies co-op members Isabella Hitchcock and Chris Baldwin at Beanies Corner, where Christmas trees are sold. Picture: David Bocking

Beanies, which since 1986 traded from a shop on Crookes Valley Road, has just moved a few doors away to bigger premises inside a former medical centre on the corner of Barber Road – no doubt giving it even more space to stock its real Christmas trees, customarily sold every year. Call 0114 268 1662, email [email protected] or visit www.beanieswholefoods.co.uk for details. Opening hours 9am to 8pm, Monday to Friday, 9pm to 5pm Saturdays and 10.30am to 4pm on Sundays.

IKEA

Best known for its flat-pack furniture, the Swedish homewares giant does a nice line in genuine trees. And shoppers can save money there too, as an offer running until December 24 means customers get a £20 voucher when they buy a real fir in-store for £29 – cutting the cost of a tree to £9. People can redeem their voucher against a range of items from January 13 to February 23, 2020. Trees have usually been sold from the car park at the store on Sheffield Road, Carbrook. See www.ikea.com for information. Opening hours 10am to 9pm, Monday to Friday, 9am to 9pm, Saturdays and 11am to 5pm on Sundays.

The Sheffield Christmas Tree Company

The Longshaw Estate sells Christmas trees to the public.

In 2006, the first of 20,000 Christmas trees were planted at this farm near Stannington in Sheffield, which promises that customers ‘won’t get a fresher tree anywhere’. This winter a log cabin is opening where people can browse gifts and enjoy a coffee. The place is dog-friendly, too – as long as pets are kept on a lead. Pot grown or cut trees are available, and a delivery service is offered as well. Children can take part in a Christmas tree treasure hunt, play on a festive bouncy castle and have their pictures taken with three nativity lambs – Baaaary, Baaaarbara & Baaaarbie. The farm – off Game Lane, postcode S6 6GW – is open daily until Christmas Eve, 9am to 4.30pm. See www.thesheffieldchristmastreecompany.co.uk for details.

The Tree Amigos

This outfit specialises in forest-style ‘pop-up’ tree stalls, selling a range of varieties including Nordmann Fir, traditional Norway Spruce and living trees, with roots for re-planting. Shoppers can find The Tree Amigos at Morrisons in Hillsborough and Meadowhead; Endcliffe Park; Hillsborough Park and Graves Park. Stalls are open daily until the last tree is sold. Call 07986 634657 or visit www.treeamigos.org for further information.

John Lewis

Ferndale director Neil Grant amid the Christmas trees.

The esteemed department store in Barker’s Pool stocks plenty of artificial trees but – befitting of a chain whose Christmas adverts have become an annual phenomenon – customers can order real ones too, including Fraser, Korean and Noble firs, with prices ranging from £75 to £120. Call 0114 276 8511 or visit www.johnlewis.com. Opening hours 9am to 6pm, Monday to Thursday, 9am to 8pm on Fridays, 9am to 7pm on Saturdays and 11am to 5pm on Sundays.

Homebase

As well as its fibre optic trees, and its range in alternative colours, Homebase at 401 Chesterfield Road stocks a wide range of proper trees to choose from for home delivery. Nordmann Fir, Norway Spruce and Blue Spruce are among the types on offer, priced from £15 to £110. Opening hours 8am to 8pm, Monday to Saturday and 10am to 4pm on Sundays. Call 03456 407070 or log on to www.homebase.co.uk to find out more.

Dore Moor Garden Centre

An extensive range of trees are in stock at Dore Moor Garden Centre on Hathersage Road, including Nordmann and Fraser firs, and Norway and Potted Blue spruces. Prices from £14.99 to £39.99. Call 0114 235 0092, email [email protected] or go to https://doremoor.co.uk/christmas-trees for details. Opening hours 9.30am to 5pm, Tuesday to Saturday, and 10.30am to 4.30pm on Sundays. Closed Mondays.

Ferndale Garden Centre

Christmas trees can be ordered from John Lewis, which has a department store in Sheffield.

Technically outside the city, at Coal Aston in Dronfield, Sheffielders will still be heading to Ferndale to buy their real Christmas trees. The garden centre’s prime variety is the Nordmann, which is sold in two categories – ‘premier’, defined as ‘A-grade, bushy and trimmed’ or ‘select’, classed as ‘A+ grade, extra bushy, trimmed and luxuriant’. Call 01246 412763 or visit www.ferndalegardencentre.co.uk for more information. Opening hours 9am to 5.30pm, Monday to Saturday, and 10.30am to 4.30pm on Sundays.