How can I buy my tree?
Simply order online NOW to avoid the crowds or drop-in and see us between Saturday 30th November–22nd December 2019 from 10.00–16:00 to purchase an Organic and Fair Trade tree from our sales yard, or we are continuously cutting so you'll always find a Christmas tree you'll love.
What types do you have?
Certified Organic and Fair Trade trees imported from Denmark:
Magic of Foresters are delighted to be the first, and only, sellers of Organic and Fair Trade Trees in the UK.
It’s worth booking or turning up early for this as we only have 200 of these beautiful EDIBLE (yes you heard us) trees for sale. Once they are gone… well, it’s another years wait.
Our own home grown Christmas trees with over 10 types to choose from.
At Magic of Foresters we grow as many as 10 different types of trees, from the traditional Norway Spruce and the visually stunning Canadian Blue, to the popular Nordmans. Trees of green, trees of blue, and trees with white bobbles. Ones that smell, and ones that don’t. Tiny trees, medium trees, and trees so large that they reach up to 20 feet high. And above all, trees which are so fresh that you can expect them to hold on to their needles. And don't worry, we can advise you on what tree to choose to fit your space and requirements.
Non-organic trees are sprayed in nasty pesticides, herbicides such as glyphosate, and hormone inhibitors to stop the top of the trees (called leaders) growing too long. To put it mildly these are not chemicals you want to touch, let alone bring into your home. Christmas is family occasion, and we want it to be a safe one too.
Magic of Foresters Organic trees are so good you can literally eat them! And people do - they are used in everything from beers, jams, snaps, teas, roast dinners, salads and even ice creams. Take a cutting and try for yourself…
How are they cared for?
Our own MOF trees are grown from seedlings, tended all year round, and pruned by hand. We want to encourage biodiversity in our nursery, and create a healthy and safe environment, so we favour high quality doTerra oils rather than harmful pesticides.
Using chemicals makes it quicker and cheaper to grow trees, but both the quality of the trees and the environment is affected. By avoiding chemicals we also stop the groundwater being polluted - most of these harmful toxins are not able to be filtered about by standard water filters or the tap water system. There is increasing evidence that these chemicals are working its way into the human food chain.
At Magic of Foresters we plant at least one organic tree for every tree we sell. We also only sell a maximum of 10% of our trees each year to ensure the on-going success of the trees. Furthermore, by purchasing organically we also guarantee the sustainability of the original 100 year old natural forests in Georgia.
What’s the environmental impact?
Our own MOF trees are free from ‘tree miles’, only travelling the short distance from our nursery to the sales yard - no more than 200 yards. To preserve the nursery, we only make around 10% of our trees available for sale each year. And, for every tree we cut, we plant a new baby seedling in its place.
Just like we need good diversity of bacteria in our gut to be healthy, a nursery also needs a natural balance. Chemicals don't discriminate, wiping out the whole natural biodiversity including ladybirds, wasps and, crucially, bees. Ironically, these act as natural predators to the aphids which attack the trees, making our trees more vulnerable.
At Magic of Foresters we back onto untouched virgin woodlands, and retain this wood in the middle of our nursery, with our oak trees over 150 years old. We also have an abundance of hedgerows and wild areas. We even have the River Ravensbourne, which later joins the Thames, flowing through our little nursery.
What makes a Magic of Foresters tree so special?
Above all, our trees are freshly cut. No two are the same - they each have their own distinct character and have been shaped by our passionate pruners! With our wide range of trees, and our experts close to hand, you'll always be able to find your perfect tree.
At Magic of Foresters, it’s not just trees we believe in, but people too.
Most of the popular Christmas trees, Norman Fir are sourced from seeds in Georgia. However, unknown to the public, sadly much of this is done by unsafe working conditions involving child labour in really unsafe methods - climbing high trees to find the cones. Fair Trees, a Danish company, guarantees that all cones are gathered safely by adults with the proper safety equipment and educated cone pickers. They also guaranteed all workers are paid a fair wage, and take care to provide the pickers and their families with a whole year health insurance.
At Magic of Foresters, we further commit to paying everyone who works with us in the UK fairly wage, well above both the minimum wage and living wage.
Our organic journey
As you’ve probably guessed, we are super passionate about natural living, ecology and well-being. However, becoming the first people in the UK to sell organic trees hasn't been easy. When we first expressed our desire to grow organically, all the experts in the UK told us we were crazy, and that no-one did it. So much so, that they told us to give up now if we wanted to even attempt it. But, we didn't listen. We kept persevering, doing our best whilst speaking to experts in other field until finally in November 2018 we met Lars and Marianne from Fair Trees in Denmark. We flew out to meet them - and we were in tree heaven! Not only did they introduce the Organic and Fair Trade movement in Denmark, but Denmark is the strictest country in the world for organic standards. They guided us as to how to do this with the best growing methods, and opened an exciting new chapter for us.
In November, we planted our first 850 Fair Organic seedlings (little trees) and have just started the process to get our whole nursery certified organic, having stopped even the small chemical use we had 3 years ago when Alan retired. In meantime, we personally selected the 180 of the finest organic fair trade trees to come to the UK to make up the stop gap. These are being cut as late in the season as possible - only available from the 23rd November - to keep them as fresh (many non-organic trees are cut in late October/early November, leading to significant needle drop when they get in your home).
Can I purchase trees for my business?
Absolutely! Email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss how we can help you. We are used to providing trees of all sizes to hotels, schools, offices, and even weddings.