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International Year of Forests

(January 1st, 2011 - December 31st, 2013)

James Gentles

Woman in the Woods

James Gentles

Christmas Trees

Easter Dalmeny Farm, near Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

December 17, 2011, 12:02 UTC

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© 2011 James Gentles, All Rights Reserved.

In the United Kingdom alone, 8 million trees are used annually as Christmas Decorations. Most, like at this farm retailer, are cut. Some are potted and others are artificial.

This market may be a significant, specialised, sector of forestry but is it green? These trees are grown in special plantations where each tree has enough space to develop a good shape, and increasingly they are recycled (250 tonnes of them!) after the holiday period so the process is a natural one. Potted trees can fail to root when planted in January, and where do you plant it anyway? Plastic trees take considerable energy and hydro-carbons to manufacture, but can be reused for many years.

The debate continues!
my normal fair of Kite Aerial Photograph and Remote Control Photography

Europe / UK-Scotland

Lat: 55° 59' 0.24" N
Long: 4° 22' 48.96" W

Elevation: 62m

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Precision is: High. Pinpoints the exact spot.

Nikon D60, Sigma 10-20mm, Nodal Ninja head, Lightroom, PTGui, PaintShop Pro.

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