The two men responsible for chopping down Cedar Lodge Nurseries' Christmas tree gave themselves up this morning.
Cedar Lodge owner Pip McVicar said the culprits, who appeared to be in their late teens, came forward after reading their story in this morning's Taranaki Daily News.''
They said they hadn't understood the magnitude of what they'd done until they read it in the paper,'' Ms McVicar said.
''It sucks that they tried to steal it in the first place, but it was a good effort for them to come forward and own up.''
Each year the nursery donates a tree to feature during Christmas at the Bowl, which the 2.5 metre pine they attempted to steal was being groomed for in two years' time.
The two men offered to do anything in order to make it up to the nursery, and the community.
Ms McVicar said they would be helping to set up this year's Christmas tree for Christmas at the Bowl, and would also be making a donation to charity, Cycle for a Smile.
Cycle for a Smile is an organisation set up to help Stratford toddler Kobe Uhlenberg, who was born with a rare condition called Treachers Collins syndrome.
This year Cedar Lodge are donating $1 from ever tree sold to the charity, after it was selected as the most worth cause by the Taranaki public.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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