Christmas trees for the picking
'I just like opening up the front door and smelling the pine'SIENA YATES
In just 24 hours the rows of trees at The Christmas Tree Farm in Tuhikaramea Road have become race tracks, hiding places, and part of the family as people hunt for the perfect tree.
The new farm, run by Kevin and Vanessa Clarke, has had a lot of visitors since it opened for business on Saturday, from excited children playing among the trees to their parents, toiling over picking one.
"It's funny because a lot of them will go and muddle over it for about half an hour but most of them end up coming back to that very first tree," said Mrs Clarke.
The Clarkes said the farm was already doing better than they had thought, and expected it to pick up closer to Christmas, and when the weather picks up.
"A lot of people prefer just to come and get them when they're ready and take them home. They've still got at least a couple of weeks growing to do yet," said Mr Clarke.
After leaving it too late last year, Marie-Therese Borland was determined not to miss out, and had her tree tagged and paid for in a matter of minutes.
"It's like anything really, the more you look the more confused you get, and [my] tree's the right shape, the right height - it ticks all the right boxes," she said.
Though her children are now adults and are not home to help decorate the tree, she plans to keep the tradition alive.
"We've had a real tree every year for years now. I just like opening up the front door and smelling the pine. Since the kids aren't around, I've already taken a picture and sent it off to them, it's a bit of a family tradition."
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