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It's time to trim up; It's the Christmas countdown and you really want to put a real Christmas tree up in the house. But where do you get it? Luckily, if you live in and around Cardiff, there are plenty of places to choose from, whether you want to cut down your own or simply pick one up...

Wyevale Garden Centre You can get a Nordmann fir non-drop tree which sheds few needles or a Fraser fir which is another low mess variety. Or even a Swedish-style Nordmann fir for a more minimalist look or a traditional Norway spruce. They need to be kept well-watered to minimise needle drop.

There is free tree food available with your tree (subject to availability) as well as a Christmas Tree Promise that means the centre will happily change it for you if you get it home and don't like it (see the website for terms and conditions). Where: Newport Road, St Mellons, CF3 2WJ.

Contact: 0844 288 5176 Homebase You can buy a 2-3ft Nordman fir tree for PS25, a Fraser fir for PS35 (5-6ft) or a 6-7ft Fraser fir for PS45.

Where: Newport Road, CF23 9FF; Ty Glas Road, CF14 5EB; Patreane Way, Culverhouse Cross, CF5 4UG. Contact: 0345 640 7813; 0345 640 7858; 0345 640 7585 Ty Cerrig Christmas Tree Farm Having grown trees for themselves and their family since 2006, the folk here decided to give others pining (sorry) for locally-sourced Christmas trees a chance to get involved too.

Now, with around 16,000 on their hands, there's always plenty to pick from, including Nordmann Fir, Blue Spruce and Scots Pine.

Where: Ty Cerrig Maerdy Newydd, Bonvilston, Vale of Glamorgan, CF5 6TR. Contact: 01446 327337 or 07999 573997 Glamorgan Christmas Trees This family-owned "pick your own" Christmas tree plantation is well stocked with fresh pre-cut Norway spruce and Nordmann trees, as well as rooted Norway spruce, all of which are known for their needle retaining abilities.

So you won't have to vacuum quite as much after the big day.

It is open for the season and has two retails sites at Capel Llaniltern and Peterston-Super-Ely.

Where: Chapel Lane, Peterston-super-Ely, Vale of Glamorgan, CF5 6LG/Star Lane, Capel Llaniltern, Llantrisant Road near Pentrych Contact: 01446 760848 Woodfields Nursery A semi-rural garden centre/nursery, on offer are plenty of pre-cut, pot grown Christmas trees - all of which are available from late November/ early December. Where: Twyn Road, Ystrad Mynach, Hengoed, CF82 7EW Contact: 01443 814241 Clearwell Farm With 7,000 trees to pick from including Lodgepole pine, Noble fir, Nordmann fir, Norway spruce and Scotch pine - this plantation is your one-stop shop for a perfect Christmas.

Just stroll through the fields until your find the one for you.

Where: Michaelston-y-fedw, Cardiff, CF3 6XT Contact: 07974 474190 Thornhill Farm Shop and Nursery It stocks a fanstic range of trees to suit all budgets from Frasier firs, Nordman firs, Norweigian spruces, and rooted Nordmans.

While you are there you could also check out the beautiful nativity scene (PS2 per person) - children get to see close up the goats, donkeys, cows and sheep all in the same barn, with baby Jesus in the manger.

Where: Capel Gwilym Road, Thornhill, CF14 9UB.

Contact: 029 2061 1707 Deri Stores This family-run store in Rhiwbina might be small but there is plenty of room for real trees and it's massively popular in the Cardiff suburb.

Where: 1 Wenallt Road, Rhiwbina, CF14 6SA. Contact: 029 2062 0735 Tom's Trees Tom gets a huge supply from Swansea's most well-known Christmas tree suppliers, Gower Fresh and they are sold in the pub car park. And if you go on to their Facebook page, you'll see the customers are VERY happy.

Where: Three Elms, Merthyr Road, Cardiff, CF11 1JE Contact: 029 2061 6866 Caerphilly Garden Centre Look out for Norway spruce: the traditional Christmas tree (lovely perfume and good conical shape), Nordmann fir (one of the best for holding onto its soft, rounded needles) or potted living trees (a small, living, rooted Christmas tree in a pot).

Where: Penrhos, Nantgarw, Cardiff, CF15 7UN.

Contact: 029 2086 1511 Pugh's Garden Centre It has a huge selection especially if you like the non-needle drop variety - but if artificial is more your thing, it has many that look very authentic.

Where: Ty Nant Nurseries, Morganstown, Radyr, CF15 8LB and Port Road, Wenvoe, CF5 6AD.

Contact: 029 2084 8000/ 029 2059 8118 Ikea You can get a real Christmas tree at the Cardiff store - and it'll cost you just PS5 as you pay PS25 but then get a PS20 voucher back to spend in store!

Pick up a real, locally-sourced Christmas tree and get a PS20 voucher to spend in store after Christmas.

Where: Ferry Road, Cardiff, CF11 0XR. Contact: 020 3645 0000
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Dec 8, 2017
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