The Sayer family, of Shearwater – Meg, 6, Eli, 8, Parker, 3, and mum Aimee – selecting their Christmas tree at Glengarry’s Killiecrankie Farm. Picture: GEOFF ROBSONWHEN it comes to sprucing up your house ready for Christmas, you can’t do much better than a live Christmas tree.
Luckily, you don’t have to take your chainsaw into the bush and hope no one’s looking – there’s a market solely dedicated to the choose-your-own Christmas tree industry.
And with December already well under way, families from across the state have been making the trip to Glengarry’s Killiecrankie Farm en masse to pick their own pine.
Farm owner Lee Ringk said there was a certain appeal to having a live Christmas tree.
“People are coming out for real trees because of traditions in their family which is part of it and they have a specific day they come out,” she said.
“A lot of it is to do with the perfume, it’s very distinct and people just love coming home from work and the house smells like Christmas.”
Mrs Ringk said customers from Burnie and Hobart often prepared a picnic and made a day of collecting the family Christmas tree.
“We have some regulars and they’ll plan to spend a whole day out this way, not just with us but they’ll go and visit a couple of other places or a vineyard on the way through and just make it an outing,” she said.
“People are seeing it as a good opportunity to get away for a couple of days at a very busy time of the year.”
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