Planting finished and fencing all up to date. This month has been a great time for completing tasks and looking back at all the beautifully planted rows of transplants. 
On the 12th June we hosted an Open Day for members of the BCTGA ( British Christmas Tree Growers Association). We had over 115 Christmas tree growers from all over the country. The weather was very kind and stayed fine, but not too hot. 
Harry Brightwell, the sectretary of the BCTGA, opened the day and Hans welcomed everyone and introduced Julie and the staff. After giving a short history of HA Trim Hans explained what would be happening during the day. 
After moving to one of our plantations Hans talked about the various processes we go through to create the 'perfect' tree for our customers. There was plenty of time to ask questions and a wealth of knowledge amongst the growers to answer them. 
Lunch was at 12.30pm and was catered for by the ever popular 140 Field Cafe. For those who know our retail they provide refreshments over the weekends at Christmas. I think it was enjoyed by everyone as there was very little left! 
After lunch and a very swift AGM the group moved on to a plantation within walking distance. More questions asked and valuable information given, as well as an opportunity to see some of our more established trees. The day ended at 4pm. 
It was a truly family affair and was enjoyed by all. Thank you so much to all our guests for taking the time to come and visit the farm. 
By contrast the end of the month was taken up with our annual visit to the HTA National Plant Show at Stoneleigh Park near Warwick. We have a stand at this show where we get chance to catch up with some of our regular customers, other growers and, hopefully, attract some new customers. Our theme, as last year, is all about British grown Christmas trees and being concious of our carbon footprint. Buy Home Grown Christmas trees.  
Over the next couple of months garden centres and wholesalers will take the opportunity to come and visit us to see the quality of our trees before placing orders for the coming Christmas season. This gets more interesting as we begin to label the trees. 
Then on into July........... 
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