Paris, France — The 36-foot high Nordmann fir tree is all a glow and decked out in red and white in the majestic ceremonial courtyard of the Elysées Palace, the official residence of the president of the French Republic. The tree, hand-picked by the head gardener of the Elysées, weighs in at two tons. The tree was planted 25 years ago in a French Christmas tree nursery and not taken from the wild. For the 13th year the tree was supplied and installed by VAL’HOR, the professional organization that oversees the French horticultural, flower and landscaping sector, and the French Association of Natural Christmas Trees.
The tree was planted and raised in the Morvan region in Burgundy in western France where its branches were regularly pruned to ensure a harmonious and balanced shape for the tree. Each Christmas tree that is cultivated in France has its own destiny. It can grace a home, decorate a public space or appear at a special event. Each tree supplied at Christmas is replaced with a newly replanted one. The French Association of Natural Christmas Trees whose French acronym is (AFSNN) brings together 132 nurseries and promotes the development of natural Christmas trees in France that emanate from sustainable agriculture and are transported in short supply chains to limit green-house gases.
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