Dobbies Garden Centre in Brighton is gearing up for a busy day in the festive calendar.

The first Saturday of December (Saturday 3rd this year) is the most popular day for buying real Christmas trees, and this year is set to be no exception, as demand for real trees continues to grow. Dobbies Garden Centre in Warren Road is anticipating higher levels of customers than usual, offering a range of freshly cut and pot trees.

Dubbed “Bring your Christmas tree home day”, the Centre is promoting their Nordmann Fir trees to electric and hybrid vehicle owners, who can secure a 10% discount off trees purchased in store.

The Argus: The garden centre are promoting an environmentally sustainable ChristmasThe garden centre are promoting an environmentally sustainable Christmas (Image: Jeff Holmes)

Marcus Eyles, Dobbies’ horticultural director and resident Christmas tree expert, provides his advice for the best real Christmas tree experience. For selecting your tree, Marcus said that prospective purchasers should: “Come equipped with the height, depth and width measurements of the area where you picture your tree at home. Make sure the area has a plug nearby, for your Christmas lights - corners are ideal - as it will keep your tree safe from knocks and bumps.”

He said: “For most cars, the tree will be too long to fit in the boot. I’d recommend attaching it to your roof rack if you have one and, if not, recline the front passenger seat.

“Insert the tip of the tree into the car first and rest the stump in the footwell. Use the safety belt to secure it in position so you can drive home safely.”

Dobbies’ customers in Brighton can be assured their Christmas trees were not cut down from wild forests but instead come from environmentally managed plantations across Scotland.