20 November Latest News: What a topsy-turvy week!

Good News! Our Christmas trees are back on sale from 27 November.

Approval was given by the government on 20 November for sales of Christmas trees to be able to start during the lockdown. We are therefore returning to our original start date for the sale of trees of 27 November and then remaining open each day until 22 December, 9.30am to 5.30pm.

We are very grateful to the British Christmas Tree Growers Association, for their brilliant efforts in lobbying government on this matter.

Booked arrival slots will still apply and are on our website and remain free of charge. Thanks, goes to Synergis Media for working late to achieve this.

For clarity please note that ‘Pick Your Own Christmas Tree’ is still not permitted and so this has been cancelled for the 2020 season, but we hope to have it back next year.

We are really sorry about all the confusion on this matter, caused by lack of clear decision making in government, but the final outcome is good in the end!

Let’s all enjoy Christmas, and let a Christmas tree take on its natural role at the centre of events.

Some of the freshest real Christmas trees you can buy in the Suffolk, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire area

Grown on our own Rougham Estate plantation #KeepItReal

14 November: All customers wishing to buy Chrismas trees from Blackthorpe Barn this year, will need to reserve an arrival time slot.
As a thank you gift for booking a slot you will receive a 10% discount to spend in our online Christmas Shop for any purchases over £75.
Book your arrival time slot today.

Cut trees available to buy:

Book YOur Arrival Time Slot HereFri 27 November – Tues 22 December 2020
9.30am – 5.30pm

Click here to book your slot to come to the barn and select your cut tree

We are very sorry to say that the Pick Your Own tree on the plantation has now had to be cancelled.
We have emailed everyone already, if you haven’t received yours, please check your junk mail or contact us.

Potted Trees

We have potted trees available from our online shop. Buy your tree through the shop and then choose your tree when you come to collect it using the Click and Collect option.


Please read our Christmas Trees SAFETY STATEMENT regarding keeping everyone safe when coming to the Barn to get your tree.

Please note that the Tree Shop will only take cards (no cash).

The Kiosk Café will be open for refreshments during this time, closing at 5pm.

NEW for 2020:

Eco-friendly Christmas tree netting is here!

Rougham Estate and Blackthorpe Barn are proud to be using this revolutionary netting to wrap some of our trees this year.

  • 100% Compostable in commerce facilities
  • 65% less energy used to make it than conventional net
  • 75% fewer greenhouse gases
  • 100% biodegradable Christmas tree netting.
  • VacuBioNet ST

Another reason why buying a real tree is good for the planet!

A Christmas tree is a symbol of Christmas for so many people and at Blackthorpe Barn we sell the best trees that money can buy.

These trees are grown in plantations close to the Barn itself, by the Rougham Estate who have been in the business for well over forty years and are now acknowledged experts in the field. Come and choose your tree from Blackthorpe Barn where you can both see and smell how fresh they are.

Trees from the Rougham Estate are famous for their quality and longevity, having been carefully nurtured throughout the year by the previous winners of the ‘British Christmas Tree Grower of the Year’ award, Rougham Estate has also supplied 10 Downing Street on numerous occasions.

We can offer a tree delivery service if preferred. Depending on where you live affects the delivery cost. Please email Simon Eddell (Tree Manager) on simon@roughamestate.com.

Nordmann Fir  This is the most popular tree in Scandinavia and rapidly gaining in popularity here in the UK. As people put up their trees earlier and earlier the need for needle retention gets more important. Nordmann Fir retains their needles better than other trees, so for many customers, this makes them a winner.

1.8-2.1m / 6-7ft  £45.60
2.1-2.4m / 7-8ft  £55.25
2.4-2.7m / 8-9ft  £67.50

Norway Spruce These traditional Christmas trees have a really festive scent. We advise you not to bring them indoors too soon and they will require watering to stay fresh.

1.8-2.1m / 6-7ft  £31.25
2.1-2.4m / 7-8ft  £35.50
2.4-2.7m / 8-9ft  £42.25

British Christmas Tree Growers Association

British Christmas Tree Growers Association

Both are subject to availability and don’t forget to bring your gloves!

Pot grown trees – Nordmann and Norway Spruce are also available for sale from £18.99
Miniature trees – White Spruce are great for table centres are also available from £8.99

Over 10ft trees must be ordered through Simon Eddell T: 07515 596462

Rougham Estate is a proud member of the British Christmas Tree Growers Association.

CARE: Cut Trees

It is essential that cut trees should be fresh when purchased. The needles should not be dull and dried up. The branches should not be brittle. The outer needles should not fall off if the tree is gently shaken. After you have bought your tree it should be kept outside in a cool shaded place, preferably standing in water, until it is required indoors. Before bringing the tree indoors it is an advantage if about half an inch is cut off the butt in order to open up the pores of the tree. Mount it in a water-holding stand or wedge it in a bucket with pebbles, small stones or screwed up newspaper, and place it away from direct heat. Keep the container topped up with water every day; you will be surprised how much it needs.

CARE: Pot-grown trees

These are trees that have been grown for at least one season in their pots. It is often possible to lift the whole root system out of the pot and see the closely woven root which has grown in the pot. The trees themselves should look fresh. The trees will be small and seldom more than four feet. The trees should be watered and cared for as for any house plant. After Christmas, they can either be planted out with a very good chance of success or they can be left to grow on in their pot, but it is much better in this case to re-pot the tree in a larger pot. It is seldom possible to re-pot trees in this way for more than one season.

Please note that the Tree Shop will only take cards (no cash).

Some of our trees around Bury St Edmunds, 2020

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