Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Andrew Doyle is urging people to buy a real Irish Christmas tree this year.
“At home we always make sure we have a real tree. It wouldn’t be the same Christmas experience without a real tree and all that goes with bringing it into the house, setting it up, the smell and the atmosphere," he said.
Around 550,000 Christmas trees are sold in Ireland each year with 350,000 sold at home and about 200,000 trees exported to the UK, France and Germany. The industry is worth €21 million to the Irish economy.
The Minister added “I would also like to add my support to the Irish Christmas Tree Growers #lovearealtree campaign. To me it’s only common sense. Real trees provide a better Christmas experience in the home, they are better for the environment, carbon neutral and everyone who buys an Irish tree is contributing to providing jobs in rural Ireland for Christmas tree growers."