Go for a 'Green' Tree this Christmas and Make It UK-grown

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Homebase Marks National Tree Week

Christmas trees are one of the most sustainable crops there are. Right from seedlings to the time they degrade to mulch the trees are absorbing CO2, producing oxygen or providing a habitat for wildlife. Opting for a real, UK-grown tree will ensure you're making the most sustainable choice possible this season.

To mark National Tree Week, Homebase is encouraging customers to buy a homegrown Christmas tree this year. Homebase is the only major national retailer to ensure that all of its trees are 100% UK grown. Every Christmas over four million real Christmas trees are sold in the UK, many of which are grown in Denmark and other European countries, resulting in environmental costs created by the transport required to import them to the UK.

Homebase real trees are all grown in the UK, thereby supporting UK country life by generating jobs and supporting the local communities. The farms used protect water supplies, stabilise soil and provide refuge for wildlife. The trees absorb carbon dioxide and other gases, and emit fresh oxygen, making Homebase real trees an eco-friendly choice at Christmas.

For more than 20 years DIY and furniture specialists, Homebase, have been working with the same UK growers to ensure the trees are of the highest quality. All Homebase trees are grown, hand sheared and selected especially for them. By working closely with growers, Homebase is also able to offer real trees at the best price possible, stocking a great range of live and cut trees with prices starting from only £9.99.

Amy Whidburn, Trading Director for Garden and Seasonal at Homebase says:
"Homebase 'live' trees are considered the best on the market due to the growing methods used. The trees are grown in pots either above or below ground to ensure a full root system is in place and that they can cope with the change in environment. This makes them suitable for planting in the garden after Christmas. If looked after they could be 'a tree for life'.

Roger Hay, Secretary of the British Christmas Tree Growers Association says: "Christmas trees are one of the most sustainable crops there are. Right from seedlings to the time they degrade to mulch the trees are absorbing CO2, producing oxygen or providing a habitat for wildlife. Opting for a real, UK-grown tree will ensure you're making the most sustainable choice possible this season."

Homebase 'live' trees are available in Norway Spruce, Fraser Fir, Nordman Fir and Blue Spruce and 'cut' trees are available in 3 different species; Norway Spruce, Fraser Fir and Nordman Fir. Homebase has the right size tree for every home, choose from a 2ft live tree in a pot to adorn a city apartment, to a 10ft cut tree to stand proud in a sprawling country pile, and everything in between.

About Homebase
Homebase is the UK's second largest home improvement retailer and is recognised for choice, style and customer service across the wider home enhancement market. It has more than 300 large, out-of-town stores throughout the UK and Republic of Ireland. In the last financial year, Homebase sales were £1.5 billion and it employed some 20,000 people across the business.

Homebase sells over 30,000 products across its home enhancement ranges, and has a growing Internet offering.

Homebase serves 60 million customers per year through its stores and offers customers the convenience of home delivery for bulky, high-value items.

Homebase was the first UK DIY retailer to achieve Forest Stewardship Council Chain of Custody certification and the first national DIY retailer to be recognised with a Government TrustMark Award, achieved for its kitchen installation service.

Homebase is part of Home Retail Group, the UK's leading home and general merchandise retailer.

Notes to editors
For more information please contact the Homebase press office: 020 7922 8122
Dan Clegg: 020 7922 8176
Jo Lippold: 020 7922 8125

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