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Poor Christmas Tree

Posted on 15th February 2012 in christmas tree/ complaint/ garden centre

A letter to my local garden centre, sent today:

I bought a rooted christmas tree from your Brampton centre in December, which I planted in ericaceous soil as recommended, sadly however it very quickly died.

It has been suggested to me that the tree could never have successfully lived as it’s ‘tap’ root (?) had been cut. Looking at it’s roots it has a thick root which has quite obviously been severed and then a few spindly ones.

I bought this tree with the intention of keeping it in a large pot and using it each christmas – I discussed this with the sales lady. It is extremely disappointing to have gone to the trouble and expense when it would appear the tree had no chance of survival anyway.

I look forward to hearing from you.

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18.2.2012 UPDATE:

I got a lovely reply from the garden centre (Frosts) who has now replaced the tree and give us lots of advice on planting and growing it so that it should survive for years to come :)

Get Your Socks Out For The Lads

Posted on 30th October 2010 in christmas tree/ dartington hall/ odd socks/ onlydads/ single parent

This year, has been asked to decorate a Christmas Tree which will be placed in the Mediaeval Courtyard of the Dartington Hall Trust. It will be a wonderful setting for what we hope will be a memorable Tree.

The Dartington Hall Trust is committed to work in the fields of Arts, Sustainability and Social Justice. Picking up on these core themes, OnlyDads is inviting Mums and Dads to get involved in this event and we have proposed to have Socks as our theme. This is where you come in!


The aim is to decorate the OnlyDads tree with hundreds of bright and wonderful socks. They are inviting parents of children to:

  • Make and/or decorate a sock that can be hung on the tree.  Artistic imagination will be required!
  • Ask the child to place a message in the sock – based on the following prompt “make a wish for your Dad?”. Being a Dad’s based lone parent organisation we know that many children will have Fathers who have died, or are absent, or in the case of some, their sole carer. For other children living with both Mum and Dad, this will still be a fun and creative exercise. The important thing for us is not to exclude any child from participating.

Then What?

The sustainability theme is important to OnlyDads.  OnlyDads will preserve all these important messages on a dedicated website to begin with. Thoughts are also being given to the publication of a book (with pictures of the decorated sock and the message accompanying it).

Given that Dartington Hall has such a vibrant interest in the Arts – thoughts are also being given to an Artist turn the Socks (and messages) into a permanent work of Art…the possibilities are endless.

What to do next?

Assuming you and your child(ren) would like to get involved (OnlyDads hope they do) then the Sock with the Message inside will need to reach OnlyDads by 30 November 2010. Please include in the envelope a note with your child’s first name and age.

Socks need to be sent to:

OnlyDads, Room D4, Foxhole, Dartington Hall, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 6ED United Kingdom

There will be three prizes for the best designed socks :) OnlyDads do apologise in advance – but socks cannot be returned as they may end up as a permanent work of art!

Read more about OnlyDads here

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