60 Second interview with John Bartholomew at our Tring office.

1.    How long have you worked for Pictons?

I have worked as a Consultant with Pictons since 1st November 2010.

2.    What area of law do you specialise in?

My work mainly consists of Commercial Property including property development. I also do some private client work including Wills, Trusts, administration of estates and estate and tax planning.

3.   What are your hobbies?

Mainly sport including watching rugby, cricket and golf. I also sing in a Pop and Rock choir. I enjoy spending time with my family and grandchildren.

At this time of year I am also busy with our Christmas Tree business.

4.    Tell me about your Christmas Trees.

We grow and sell Christmas trees on our family farm in North Cheshire.

5.    What types of trees and which one is the best for Christmas ?

We grow Nordmann Fir, Norway Spruce, Fraser Fir, Blue Spruce and Serbian Spruce. At the moment we have approximately 25,000 Christmas trees growing. The best trees for Christmas are non-needle drop varieties which are the Nordmann Fir and the Fraser Fir. The best tree for hanging decorations on is the Nordmann Fir as this tree has longer and more open branches. The Fraser Fir is more dense and has a lovely Christmas tree scent.

6.    Where can you still get a Tree from John?

If you are local to North Cheshire we are open right up to the 22nd December. I would advise if you are buying a Christmas tree that you try to buy from a local grower registered with the British Christmas Tree Growers Association as their trees are likely to be fresher than trees sold at other outlets.


Merry Christmas everyone from our resident Christmas Tree grower.


If you would like a bit information about John’s Christmas Trees you can find more information on www.grappenhallchristmastrees.co.uk