Farm wants to see its Christmas trees travel
AS THE festive season arrives, Steve McLachlan of Seelands wants his Christmas trees taken away.
Not to worry though, he has around 1000.
Steve and his wife, Libby Lund, are selling live Christmas trees to the public at their Seelands Christmas Tree Farm.
They started the venture looking for a low-maintenance way to use their land, and after three years of tending and trimming, the radiata pines are ready for business.
"It's been great to watch the trees come up," Libby said.
"As you trim the trees one by one to get their shape over the years, it feels like you're creating a little piece of Christmas."
The farm is open for business this Saturday, and already the reaction around the area has been positive.
"I've had lots of people come up and ask when they'd be ready," said Libby.
"People seem to be really keen, saying they don't hear of them for sale much anymore."
As for the benefits of the real tree, both the tree tenders are adamant.
"It's the smell of the tree," said Steve.
"It brings back memories for all of us that decorated the old trees when we were kids, and now it's something for the kids to get involved with as well."
Libby said: "And every tree is completely unique, in shape, size and feel.
"I had one person tell me that they used to spend hours every year picking just the right tree for the family."
- Cut the tree back 10-20mm at the bottom to allow water to get in.
- Do not place the tree near a window or near air-conditioners.
- Keep plenty of water up to the tree.