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Purchasing and decorating a real Christmas Tree is one of the most exciting things to do in the festive season - and there's nothing like a real tree from Forestry Commission Scotland! Join us as we take you through 5 top tips for looking after your real tree when you bring it home.

1. Pick the best tree!

Without a doubt, the best Christmas Tree is one that is all-natural, sustainably grown, and will fill your house with the fresh scent of real pine needles. The best way to do this in Scotland is to visit one of our Christmas Tree Sales CentresNow you've chosen your tree, follow the rest of our top tips to keep it at its glorious best throughout the festive season.

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2. Give it a wee trim

When you get home, stand your tree in a bucket of water and keep it in a cool place like a garage or shed until it's ready to take indoors for decorating. Before you move the tree inside, cut off at least one inch (2.5 cm) from the bottom of the trunk and gently shake to remove any loose needles.

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3. Stand up tall

Use a special stand (available from all our centres) and pot the tree with the trunk immersed in water, but not with sand or soil, because this will stop water being absorbed.

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4. Stay cool!

Put your Christmas tree in the coolest part of the room, ideally next to a window. If possible, keep away from radiators - the trees are naturally cold-resistant, and relocating them indoors in too warm a space might dry your tree out.

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5. Water daily

Looking this good is thirsty work! You don't need plant food or any other gimmicks or tricks - just fresh water every single day to keep those needles bright, healthy - and most importantly, on the tree!

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Seen a snowy wonderland? Got video of your dogs frolicking in the forest? Picked up the perfect Christmas Tree? We want to share your stories!

Tell us about your favourite forests, magical walks and special winter destinations using the hashtag #FoundMyForest. We'll share highlights from our followers on Twitter and Facebook throughout the festive season! Want to show us your FC Scotland tree fully decorated, in all its glory? Use the hashtag #ShowUsYourBaubles

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