I was really surprised with everything that was here there is something for everyone. From the santas grotto, free face painting by South Devon College, reindeer, huskies and other animals to the Christmas market, shop, restaurant and of coarse the Christmas trees themselves. You’ll probably spend longer here than you thought you would.
Marldon Christmas Tree Farm is set in 40 acres with over 500,000 fresh pre-cut, Devon grown Christmas trees and in excess of 10 different varieties all available to take home and make your Christmas complete.
- They sell half a million trees a year.
- Open Daily 08:00 – 19:00.
The farm has been selling Christmas trees to the people of Devon for more than 20 years.
- Animals – reindeer, huskies, donkeys, lamas
- Buy your own Christmas tree
- Christmas Market
- Santa’s Grotto (pre-booking is advisable)
- Christmas Market – baked cakes, roasted chestnuts, mulled wine, gin, hot foods etc
- Log Cabin Restaurant
It’s all gravelled, there are some small inclines, but nothing you couldn’t push a wheelchair up. There can be a few puddles if it rains.
Marldon Christmas Trees, The North Pole, Totnes Road, Marldon, TQ3 1RR.
- Bus, the 125 from Paignton bus station to five lanes roundabout, then it’s a short 10 minute walk down the hill.
- Car, The easiest way to get here, there is a large car park, but it gets very busy.
Pick the right tree for the size of house you have. The most popular sellers are a six-foot Nordman. If you pick something too big you may end up having to cut bits off to make it fit which will damage the shape and health of the tree.
Keep it outside for as long as possible – it will be much happier in the cold and will benefit from a shower. When deciding on the best indoor location for your tree, ensure it is positioned well away from any direct heat source (radiators, open fires etc.)
For Cut Trees
When you are ready to bring it indoors, first cut 2cm off the bottom of the trunk which will allow maximum uptake of water. When the tree is first cut it will seal the ‘wound’ a fresh cut put straight into water will allow the tree to drink throughout Christmas. Use a stand which holds plenty of water and top up on a regular basis.
For Containerised Trees
If looked after properly, these trees may replant successfully into your garden. Keep them well-watered whilst they are indoors, and allow to harden off before planting out. Remember, the pots have holes in the base so don’t forget to use a dish underneath.
- Don’t put anything else in the water – one buyer decided to add bleach to kill off bacteria. It killed the tree.
- Keep your tree away from the radiator. If you keep the tree in a cool place, it will last longer. Marldon has kept cut trees looking happy and healthy for up to seven months.
- When you’re done with the tree, make sure it is mulched. Councils offer local collection or you can take it to recycling centres where you can make sure it will still have a use after the decorations have come down.