My decision was based on the fact that Gill has apparently lost the feet to the old artificial Xmas tree we use every year, and that the trees Rich had are rooted, in pots. I carefully bungeed the tree onto my pannier rack and went round to Alligator.
I picked up there just before they closed, and cycled carefully back with my unusual load. The family were delighted with my surprise buy. I left them to decorate it whilst I sorted out the compostables.