The Minister of State at the Irish Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Shane McEntee TD, has urged families and households to “keep their money at home and support local forestry owners and farmers by buying home grown Christmas trees”.
The Christmas tree market is worth €15 million to Irish forestry owners and farmers. Between now and Christmas around 100 growers will harvest 700,000 trees for sale on the domestic and export markets. About 300,000 of those will be exported, mainly to the UK and France. Christmas trees are grown mainly in counties Wicklow, Wexford and Carlow but also in counties Kerry, Tipperary, Roscommon and Dublin.
Meanwhile, British Christmas Tree Growers Association secretary Roger Hay says most of the 8m Christmas trees will be homegrown. However, German demand is high and some UK retailers say Nordic quality is better because of glbal warming causing warmer winters.
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