Christmas Trees Stuck in Sticky Situation – Lauren P 16/11/11

Lauren P, Year 6, reports

Christmas trees need a cold snap or otherwise their needles will start to shed before Christmas Day comes according to the British Christmas Tree Growers Association (BCTGA).

Autumn’s weather was very changeable and has caused chaos according to the farmers. Tree growers are hoping to have a big freeze here in the UK to stop the needles falling from Christmas trees.  The cold weather helps to stick the needles on by producing a sugar that acts as a glue. But, temperatures are set to stay mild hitting 15°C this week.

Roger Hay, secretary of the BCTGA says “We have been really short of frost this year”. Frost is needed to put the trees into dormancy (like hibernation) which make them healthier and easier to look after.  People love Christmas trees to stick their decorations on so let’s start hoping for the Big Freeze!

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