Pines and Needles was founded by brothers Josh and Sam Lyle back in 1995. It all started when the youngsters (then aged 15 and 13) came up with the brainwave of loading an old horsebox with Christmas trees from their family farm in Scotland and taking the long journey down to London.After a few years the kilted crew grew in size, the Internet beckoned, and the rest, as they say, is history.

In 2016, the company hit the headlines for supplying a tree to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the first time the couple had been sent in public. It also bought a second plantation in Scotland, doubling its capacity to grow trees.

In 2017, Pines and Needles acquired The Christmas Forest in a bid to expand its portfolio of stores in London and heighten its presence in the capital and beyond.

Although every Christmas is incredibly busy, the brothers said they want the tree-buying experience to be a magical family occasion full of laughter, winter warmth and nostalgic memories.

"Feel the festivities come to life in our stores around London and the south of England where you and your family can kick-start Christmas by picking a tree of choice or shop online with us," says Sam.

"We will deliver to your door, install, decorate and even take away and recycle. Now that's how you take the stress out of Christmas!"