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Domestic farmers look to expand the share of domestic Christmas trees

By Staff

  • The Ultimate Christmas Spirit Polls show that only 1 in 3 homes has a living tree, of these 1 in 4 or 5 will be domestically grown. Photo/Anton Brink.

Each year domestic forests supply somewhere between a fourth to a fifth of the total number of Christmas trees used by Icelandic homes. However, the domestic share has been growing in recent years, and local producers see great opportunities for expansion, the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service reports. Increasing the share of domestically grown Christmas trees is also environmentally friendly, as domestic trees leave a far smaller carbon footprint than imported trees.

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Icelanders use 40-50,000 live Christmas trees to decorate their homes and businesses every year. Most of the imported trees come from Denmark. Roughly 10,000 trees come from domestic forests, which means local forests supply a fourth to a fifth of the market. These trees come from various different forests in virtually all corners of Iceland, the local newspaper Morgunblaðið reports.

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