Neil’s top tips for your best Christmas tree yet
Most of us only have to put up one Christmas tree, but Head Gardener Neil Miller has 300 to deal with each year!
Thankfully Neil says putting up hundreds of festive firs is a highlight of his job at Hever.
The Christmas trees are delivered from Hole Park at Rolvenden. 251 are placed on the trail in the grounds and in the grotto and 75 in the Castle, the restaurants and offices.
As the trees are put up and decorated in November they need to last so Neil gives his tips for longevity.
Neil’s top Christmas Tree tips:
- The trees are all cut and come without root balls, but as they have to last until after Christmas itself, we make sure that there’s a reservoir of water for them all. We are lucky in the main that most of our trees will be displayed outdoors so they look fantastic for a long period of time.
- Say you’re going for a cut tree this year then the best tip I can give you is to leave it outside for as long as you possibly can. If you are buying a tree with a root ball then the same rule applies – I know of people who leave them outside in their pot until Christmas Eve and only bring them in hours before Santa is due to arrive.
- If you want to buy a pot-grown tree then make sure you choose one with a really healthy root ball that’s been wrapped in burlap. It’s even more important to keep your tree well-watered while it’s indoor so that it doesn’t dry out. Stand the tree somewhere cool indoors – beside your patio window is a better spot than beside the fire!
Celebrate Christmas at Hever
Truly revel in the Christmas spirit at Christmas at the Castle: Wednesdays to Sundays from 24 November and daily from 10 to 24 December.
Walk through the rooms of the Castle adorned with beautiful decorations and welcoming log fires, discover the the festive trail themed around the Charles Dickens classic novel ‘A Christmas Carol’ and wander through the illuminated gardens as dusk falls.
Each weekend and daily from selected dates ride the carousel and enjoy vintage fairground stalls (£1 per go), meet characters along the trail and meet the huskies (suggested £2 donation towards Siberian Husky Welfare Association).
Children who have not booked to visit Father Christmas in his Grotto may get the chance to meet him in the Toy Workshop (8, 9, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22 & 23December). Kids will have the opportunity to visit him on a first come first served basis and will receive an age-appropriate gift. Tickets cost £8.00 and can only be purchased in the grounds on the day.