National Trust launches sustainable rent a Christmas Tree scheme
A charity dedicated to preserving the island’s heritage has launched a “sustainable” scheme to rent out Christmas trees.
The Bermuda National Trust will hire out potted cedar trees for people to enjoy over the holiday season before they are planted.
Karen Border, the charity’s executive director, said: “Every year, thousands of Christmas trees are imported to Bermuda and then thrown away after the holidays. Imported cut trees and plastic trees have a high carbon footprint and are not good for the environment.
“We aim to make this holiday tradition more sustainable and help fight climate change by renting out 100 small potted Bermuda cedar trees to bring the festive spirit into homes for the holiday season.
“In January, the tree can be returned and you will get your deposit back.
“The National Trust will plant the 100 returned cedars to enhance biodiversity our nature reserves.
“You will be able to visit your Christmas tree for years to come and watch it grow, knowing that you have also helped mitigate climate change.”
Ms Border added: “The trust is grateful to Bermuda Gardens for a 50 per cent discount on the trees, and to Butterfield [Bank] for sponsorship of the programme, including the planting of the trees, in memory of Marcia Woolridge-Allwood.”
Ms Woolridge-Allwood was a senior adviser at the Bermuda Monetary Authority who passed away last September.
A statement from the BMA at the time said that having served there since 1986, “her contributions to the authority, Bermuda’s financial services industry, global standards of supervision and regulation, and Bermuda at large cannot be expressed adequately in words”.
The trees for rent are about 2.5ft (76cm) high or 3ft (91cm) including the pot.
A BNT spokesman said: “Cedars grow stronger and more quickly when planted out at this size.
“They rent for $120 – $100 for Bermuda National Trust members – of which $50 will be refunded on return of a healthy tree.
“Care instructions will be provided with the tree.”
* For more information or to rent a tree, visitbnt.bm/event/rent-a-christmas-tree.