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Families flock to Christmas tree farm for Open Farm Sunday

By Kirsty Brown

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Ardo Christmas Trees opened their gates to the public for LEAF Open Farm Sunday 2021.

Hillhead of Ardo, operated by the Glennie family, was one of seven farms in Scotland - and over 100 farms across the UK - to welcome the public this weekend to see what goes on behind the scenes.

Around 350 visitors of all ages took time to explore the tree plantation, where they could see trees at various stages of the growing cycle as well as learn about the different kinds of trees used as Christmas trees and the machinery used to to plant and care for them.

In addition to a behind the scenes look at how Christmas trees are grown, visitors also had the opportunity to see some vintage tractors in action, take part in a quiz, enjoy a picnic and peruse stalls of local organisations including Wood RecyclAbility, Methlick Heritage Society and Methlick Community Garden.

Ardo's Jean Glennie said: "This was our first time taking part in Open Farm Sunday and it's really had a positive response.

"It was a great day out for everybody and it was great to see so much support - most of the people who came along didn't have farming ties so it was especially great to be able to let them in.

"We actually had quite a lot of people come along who had been here in December, and they were interested to see more of the process.

"People don't necessarily realise the amount of effort that goes into growing Christmas trees, they really do need to be perfect.

"We really loved having the vintage tractors along too, it added something special.

"We hope to take part again in years to come."

A virtual Open Farm Sunday will take place on September 26 through the LEAF Open Farm Sunday Facebook page.

You can keep up to date with Ardo Christmas Trees by following them on Facebook.

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