Christmas trees have popped up in local parks as Hammersmith garden design and construction firm Shoots and Leaves puts down roots once again.
Every year, the Trussley Road firm takes over Hammersmith’s Little Brook Green (near Tesco) and The Palace Gardener (site of former Fulham Palace Garden Centre site in Fulham Palace Road) to sell its popular Nordmann Fir Christmas trees.
Both sites are rented from Hammersmith & Fulham Council, and the revenue is used to run and maintain the parks.
Shoots and Leaves also have a site in Acton Park (Uxbridge Road side) and – for the first time – a sites in Lammas Park and Cleveland Park in Ealing.
But best of all, the company has again teamed up with scores of local schools to offer a £5 donation to schools for every tree sold. This year, local schools benefitting from the tree-mendous scheme include Addison, St Stephens, Sir John Betts and Brackenbury.
“We are the only real local supplier operating in the borough year round,” says Shoots and Leaves founder Hew Stevenson. “So it’s only right that we try and return something to the area.
“We employ a large number of people who live in H&F and we are very proud of the local credentials we’ve built up over the past 18 years.”
Carollers from St Simon’s Church in Rockley Road will be singing festive songs on 10 December in Little Brook Green, with local estate agent Finlay Brewer dishing out minced pies and mulled wine every Saturday. Free smoothies and juicy waters from Innocent Drinks are also on offer every day at all Shoots and Leaves sites.
Pick a tree
Not all Christmas trees are created equal. For Hew, what sets him apart if the quality of his trees.
He travels to Scotland and Denmark each August to inspect the trees and arrange for their delivery to London. More than 5,000 trees arrive on five lorries from late November. Each lorry takes nine men more than three-and-a-half hours to unload.
“The Nordmanns make the best Christmas trees as they are long-lasting and keep their needles,” Hew adds.
Once you pick your tree – which range from three to an impressive 26-feet-tall – you can choose to take it away or have it delivered for £5, often on the same day, with morning and afternoon slots available.
“We know the borough and most of our trees are sold locally,” Hew adds, “which means that no one can beat us on price, delivery times and customer service.”