King’s Christmas Trees 2020 update
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic we have had to assess the way we operate and how we can continue to support those most vulnerable in our community. There have been a lot of changes across the year, one of which is that we have made the tough decision to close King’s Christmas Trees for 2020.
We really appreciate your support, whether you were visiting this site today to buy your first Kings Christmas Tree or whether you have supported us from the very beginning!
We will still be doing as much as we can to support those in our community who are struggling, you can find out more about the work of The Feast Delivery Service here.
If you would still like to make a Christmas contribution to The Feast you can visit our JustGiving page to find out more.
From everyone here at King’s Christmas Trees, The Feast and Kings Church London. Thank you, and have a very Merry Christmas.
Buying a King’s Christmas Tree is simple but has a huge impact. When you buy your King’s Christmas Tree, you become part of a growing movement of people who refuse to accept the status quo. Every King’s Christmas Tree helps rough sleepers and vulnerable people through the work of the Jericho Road Project. Your tree helps put hot food on the tables at The Feast, a weekly drop-in meeting. Last year we served 4500 three-course meals.
Our premium Nordmann firs are freshly cut just for you. We source Scottish trees from local and sustainable growers. You can find out more about our trees under ‘About the trees’ . We are really proud of our trees and we are sure that you will be too. But remember, it’s not just about the trees themselves. The real difference with King’s Christmas Trees is that every tree purchased changes a life for the better.
When will I be able to buy my tree? Sadly, due to the Coronavirus crisis we are unable to sell trees this year. We are hoping to be up and running as normal in 2021. Keep an eye on our website to find out more details.
Can I speak to a real person?
Yes, you can! You can reach one of our team at020 8690 5121, and the lines are open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.
Is The Feast still running?
As you may be aware, the profit from King’s Christmas Trees is used to run The Feast, our weekly outreach meal, serving a 3 course hot meal to homeless and vulnerable people in our community. Before all the changes of 2020 we used to see over a hundred people attend each week. Since March 2020 we have been running a delivery service that runs three times a week; Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Sending out over 400 hot meals to vulnerable people across the Lewisham and Bromley Boroughs.
Can I volunteer for The Feast Delivery Service? Yes! We are always looking for people to support the work we do. You can pack, cook or deliver the food. To find out more email firstname.lastname@example.org
Can I still give a financial contribution to The Feast? Absolutely, go to our JustGiving page for more details.
King’s Christmas Trees are freshly-cut, grade 1 standard Nordmann Firs, grown in Scotland in managed, sustainable tree farms. Our trees are grown especially to be future Christmas trees.
We don’t just go into the forest and chop down trees willy-nilly – our trees are grown as crops so once they are harvested more are replanted, which helps to manage the countryside and green spaces.
King’s Christmas Trees are great for the environment. They produce oxygen when they are growing and when recycled after Christmas via a kerbside collection or at your local recycling centre, they are as near to 100% Carbon Neutral as you’ll ever get.
Nordmann firs are the most popular type of Christmas tree because they retain their needles very well, have glossy, deep green foliage and are an attractive shape. The needles, which point forward and grow round the branches, are soft and thick with white lines on the underside; the bark is smooth and grey. They are sourced from members of the British Christmas Tree Growers Association who ensure high environmental standards.
For tips on how to keep your tree in the best condition, visit Care of Christmas Trees on the British Christmas Tree Growers Association website.
Patrick Moore, founder of Greenpeace says,
‘I often say that one way to protect the environment is to choose renewable materials and energy wherever possible. Artificial trees are made from non-renewable plastics and petroleum-based products. Although some people claim that these trees last a lifetime, most are thrown away within nine years – and remain in landfill sites for centuries.’
Roger Hay, British Christmas Tree Growers Association:
‘Real Christmas trees are absolutely the solution to environmental sustainability. Absorbing carbon dioxide and giving off oxygen during the growing cycle, yet completely recyclable after use, the real tree compares with the artificial tree which is manufactured from plastic and metal on the other side of the world and will lie in a landfill site for 100s of years. Think of the planet when you buy your tree.’
The Jericho Road Project continues to help an increasing number of people who are in need across South East London. Not only do we give advice, we also offer low-support accommodation for 28 people throughout the year. All donations are gratefully received. In fact it is possible to donate without buying a tree! You can do this via our JustGiving page.