Giving Back To The Community This Christmas!
OK, OK, it's only November the 2nd, we know - but before you know it, Christmas will be upon us and you're going to want a tree! And very likely, you're also going to want decorations and cards.
This year, instead of getting them from big stores, why not come to us? Our quality Christmas trees not only look amazing, buying from us gives back to the community by providing Westminster and South Brent youth with casual labour (and a living wage), all while training them up in the business acumen they'll need for their futures.
Our trees are delivered to your door, picked up when you're finished with them, and recycled to boot.
The cut trees we supply each year are all top quality and are either the Norway Spruce variety, or Nordman Firs. Preferences for cut tree types in the past few years are more likely to be the ‘low-drop’ variety trees - like the Nordmann Fir.
Some customers still buy Norway Spruce trees, as this is the version used in Trafalgar Square and outside 10 Downing Street. Spruce trees are a cheaper buy – as they tend to shed needles more readily. However, the overwhelming bulk of our customers purchase Nordmann Fir trees.
Both varieties have a distinctive aroma – one of the reasons why people like a natural tree in their home at Christmas time.
The third type of tree that has become more popular in the past couple of years is the living version – planted and grown in a pot. Our preference is the Nordmann fir variety – although many supermarkets now sell the cheapest possible version of tree they can get – which usually does not live up to people’s expectations.
And who wants a tree that shatters expectations!
But that's not all!
Our ’Youth Bonding‘ scheme
Earlier in October, Karen Buck MP, hosted the launch of our ‘Youth Bonding' scheme at the House of Commons to promote community giving and investment in young people. The project is being initiated by Paddington Youth Enterprises Ltd – who have teamed up with Westminster Council and partners in London/ Oslo to produce a plan that will help create a Small Grants fund for youth.
Our idea originally came from a Government of Flanders report on WWI that proposed the creation of ‘youth bonds’ to engender a positive contribution to society by investing in young people. Trees4Xmas social enterprise company is now promoting this concept in the domestic and retail arenas across the December festive season.
Using their organisational skills and enterprise, PYE youth will now be coordinating a Westminster wide network based on local ‘Community Tree’ sites - to promote public involvement and inspire donors to invest in the value of our young people.
Domestic ‘bonds’ will take the form of pop-out decorations for the home whereas Retail ‘bonds’ will be window wreaths (natural and/or cling-graphics) to brighten our streetscapes in the dark winter nights.
Sale proceeds of the ‘bonds’ (after costs) will then be paid into a local charitable fund – to create a ‘Small Grants’ scheme for allocation to youth projects proposed by local agencies. And, apart from the sense of a quiet personal acclaim, all ‘bond’ purchasers will then be eligible to vote on the value of proposed projects and to access early information on festive events taking place across Westminster. The project is supported by the Lord Mayor of Westminster – who will be encouraging bond purchasers to attend the lighting up ceremony for the ‘Trafalgar Tree’ on Thursday 1st December.