Live Christmas trees are popping up in homes everywhere as more families opt for fresh over plastic and that means a busy few weeks ahead for a scout group in Ocean Grove.
Selling fresh Christmas trees to the public is the main fundraising activity for the 1st/2nd Ocean Grove Scout Group, and it’s all hands on deck at the moment as they begin deliveries of the hundreds of trees ordered this year.
The scouts have sold 1,800 trees in the eight years since the fundraiser began and according to scout group chairman, Ken Harper, sales are taking off with 624 trees sold last Christmas alone.
The trees, which are grown on a farm near Ballan, can be ordered online and picked up from Ocean Grove or Leopold. Scouts will also have trees for sale at:
|Ocean Grove Park:
||Saturday 7 December 2019 from
9:00am to 3:00pm
|Bunnings Warehouse Leopold:
||Saturday 7 December and Sunday 8 December 2019 from
9:00am to 3:00pm or until sold out
For an additional cost, the scouts also offer a tree recycling service in January. Trees are collected from homes and reused to earn badges through activities such as bush construction and survival camp, where Cubs, Joeys and Scouts build a shelter using the trees.
You can also dispose of your fresh Christmas tree through your kerbside garden waste bin. Your tree will be turned into compost at Council’s new facility in Lovely Banks and used as fertiliser on local farms.
If you miss out on a tree from the Scouts, you’ll find other local options listed online. Search under “Fresh Christmas Tree Geelong”.