Where to buy a Christmas tree

16:00, Dec 01 2010
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MAD CHRISTMAS: The Mad Butcher Sir Peter Leitch is in the Christmas spirit.

"Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree, how lovely are your branches."

For many across the district this may be the song for those searching for the best Christmas tree to adorn the home.

This year tick all the boxes of getting a quality tree, for a decent price, and with a bonus of goodwill.

The St John Ambulance service in Silverdale sells trees for $30. Trees at the station go on sale from December 4-23, 2pm to 4pm weekdays and 9am to 4pm weekends.

Coast Youth Community Trust are also fundraising by selling trees. All profits go to the trust to help fund their work in Whangaparaoa College for the next year. Open from December 4-22, trees are going for $30 for any size.

The trust is operating from the bottom of Whangaparaoa Baptist Church and opens from 7am to 6pm daily.

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Trees are about 1.5 metres to 2 metres, with some extra large ones occasionally.

CYC Trust helps run programmes and initiatives in the local community, particularly focused on strengthening youth and empowering families on the Hibiscus Coast.

Some fire stations will also be selling trees, including Kaukapakapa from December 10. Phone 0272-711-310 for information.The new Auckland Council asks Christmas tree sellers to use courtesy and common sense.

The council says rules this year remain the same as they were under the former local councils and vary in terms of things like signs and permits depending on the location.

Sellers should check out the guidelines in their part of town, the council says.

"Every year councils have to take action against a few traders who operate illegally or who are inconsiderate to neighbours and the public. Bylaw inspectors will be monitoring trading and taking action if necessary," Auckland Council licensing and compliance manager Carole Todd says.

Contact the Auckland Council on (09) 301-0101.

Rodney Times