Christmas trees suffered from the drought, as up to a third feared lost

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    Christmas tree growers fear that the recent drought is devastating about 30pc of the harvest this year.
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Christmas tree growers fear that the recent drought is devastating about 30pc of the harvest this year.

Christy Kavanagh, Chairman of Irish Association of manufacturers of the Christmas tree, thinks about 30pc of new trees planted this year were destroyed by the long drought in more than 40 years.

“Large Mature trees will be fine,” he said, but added that the new trees planted this year – especially those that were planted things that don’t go far into the ground – was the most sensitive to moisture deficit.

Mr Kavanagh personally lost around €value 6,000 new trees on his farm in Newtown mount Kennedy, County Wicklow.

“We lost a year in production, and we have to re-plant next year,” he said.

Most manufacturers who sowed this year new trees are in the same boat, if they are planted before the drought caught farmers by surprise, – he explained.

Many will look to land early next year to prevent the same happening next summer if we experience another extended drought.

The good news is that consumers should not see any significant price hikes this Christmas.

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However, they can do it in eight years when fewer seedlings from this year’s harvest has reached maturity, said Mr Kavanagh.

The British Christmas growers Association tree is experiencing similar problems.

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