Abbie Bennington: Searching for the best Christmas trees in WokinghamBy Abbie Bennington
December 20, 2012
Online columnist Abbie Bennington writes food and lifestyle features for getwokingham.
She went on a hunt to find the best Christmas trees in town
Finding the perfect Christmas tree is for many of us one of the finest festive rituals that can be undertaken.
Living here in Wokingham so close to the many forested areas I was keen to see what shops and stalls there would be and the exciting varieties on offer. And I wasn’t disappointed.
You may have already bought your Nordman or Blue Spruce but if you are after the finest pine fragrances then a ‘dropper’ or Norwegian variety is what you need.
Yes there is chaos with the pine needles but the smell is heaven (or should I say Lapland) sent and there is no better time to buy than this weekend. Some people even prefer to put up their tree on Christmas Eve like many of our European neighbours.
I had a good hunt around before settling on a highly fragrant non-drop as I was keen to get my tree up and spread festive cheer! I was spoilt for choice locally, there is a great selection on the Nine Mile Road heading towards the Look Out on the right, also in Winnersh on the Reading Road opposite the Shell garage.
But it was closer to home on the London Road heading out of town toward the Loch Fyne restaurant that I found our dumpy but nonetheless very Christmassy offering. It’s always fun to wander around the netted trees trying to guess which will give the most uniform of shapes before opening them out.
A spindly top is often a problem with your non-drop varieties but if you manage to find one with even spaced branches then you have tracked down the Holy Grail of non-drop trees.
Sadly with the ‘non-droppers' that’s often the compromise you make, they thin out towards the top of the tree. Our choice was no exception but it’s ample girth and fresh dark green branches had us overlooking any faults.
I would love to hear something of your adventures to find the perfect tree or is your idea of tree heaven something more plastic without all the fuss?