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Rental Claus: pick up a sustainable Christmas tree


Sustainable Christmas trees are selling like proverbial hot cakes at a world-renowned ice cream factory.

Rental Christmas Tree, based at Winstones Ice Cream Parlour on Minchinhampton Common, is the UK’s leading live rentable specialist and provide an alternative to cut trees.

Sales director Tom Vear, a fourth-generation Winstones family member, said: “We’re in our fifth year of running the scheme and our ethos is to help reduce the current 8 million cut Christmas trees that are consumed every year throughout the UK, with this in mind we are reducing carbon emissions and increasing the life span of every Christmas tree that is rented and not cut down.”

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Sales director Tom Vear at Winstones Ice Cream Factory pop-up Christmas tree yard

Eco-minded customers are invited to pick their own tree and let nature do the rest, as Tom explained: “The concept is very simple, select the size you require, pick a festive name for your tree, water it every day and have an amazing Christmas then return it back to us we give you a unique code, then have the exact same tree the following Christmas.

“Our rental trees are live, potted trees that range from 3ft -7ft and currently we have sold 70% of our trees.”

The pop-up store is open every day from 9:30am – 5pm. A free hot chocolate is on offer for every tree purchased.

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