27 November 2020

Get ready to deck the halls : Christmas tree season is upon us at last

| Lottie Twyford
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Family dog at Christmas time

Not all pets are lucky enough to be at home for Christmas. Photo: File.

It’s clear silly season is definitely upon us when the trees are ready to be picked up.

Even in the Canberra heat, real trees can last between three and seven weeks, and they impart the beautiful Christmassy scent of pine (as long as you can cope with the needles on the floor) that you simply cannot get from a plastic tree.

This Saturday (28 November) will mark the grand opening of the RSPCA’s annual sale of Christmas trees, with all proceeds going directly to the care of animals who won’t be spending the holiday season with a loving family.

Instead, these animals have been abandoned and abused, and are now in the RSPCA’s care, where they are likely to spend the entirety of the festive period.

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Trees are $70 each, and there is also a $65 or $70 tree stand available for purchase.

There will be a range of sizes available, so they suggest heading down yourself to pick the best of the bunch. They can also get quite large, so ensure you’ve got adequate space in the car, truck, trailer or ute you bring along.

The trees will be available for purchase from 28 November to 3 December at the RSPCA’s premises, 12 Kirkpatrick Street, Weston. The RSPCA is open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday to Saturday, and 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on Wednesday.

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Other options for tree purchases include Santa’s Shaped Christmas Tree Farm at Gundaroo. If you’re keen to get your tree directly from the horse’s mouth, or the farm itself, you can make the trip out and pick one yourself (they’re also available online).

They can also be picked up from this weekend onwards at the markets at EPIC, Woden, Belconnen and Bunnings Gungahlin. Check out the website for exact dates and times.

Christmas Tree Keng in Bywong, NSW is another local farm which will open its doors from 1 December. Open daily from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, they suggest visiting on a weekend if you’re likely to need assistance with cutting the tree. More details are available online.

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