Tree sale raises more than $10,000

THE Y Service Club of Bendigo's Charity Christmas Tree Sale is on again this weekend.

Trees sold out during the sale's opening last weekend with volunteers raising more than $10,000.

Phil Burne was busy selling trees alongside his eight-year-old granddaughter April.

"People have come from all over Bendigo," he said.

"We've had people from Bendigo and the outer regions as well which is great.

"The demand for the trees is just unbelievable.

"We're very pleased."

Mark Nascimento was a happy shopper last Sunday after buying a Christmas tree for the family.

"They're great," he said.

"I was lucky enough to get the last one for the weekend.

"I got here just in time."

The Charity Christmas Tree Sale has been a staple on Bendigo's calendar for more than 40 years.

The "Y Army" of volunteers, most of them in their 60s and 70s, make regular trips to the Daylesford Christmas Tree Farm to collect hundreds of fresh-cut trees ready for the sale.

The sale will be at the Tom Tweed YMCA Stadium in Mundy Street on Saturday and Sunday from noon until 6pm.

Event co-ordinator Ken Morrison said the "Y Army" of volunteers had done a great job preparing for the sale.

 "We used to have our own plantation where we grew our trees but now we source them from the tree farm at Daylesford."

Mr Morrison said real Christmas trees were beautiful.

"There's also the environmental aspect," he said. 

"It's grown in the soil, it's replaceable and when it's dead you can use it for mulch in the garden."

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