Dec 19 2018

Christmas Tree take-away at Portmoak Moss!

Sunday 16th December was a day to visit  this beautiful Woodland Trust site near Loch Leven in Fife, to choose your free takeaway Christmas tree!  This popular event has been running for many years.  The recipe is that you turn up, choose a tree, cut it down and take it away!  Tea and stickies were being served and donations are put towards the group’s tools and equipment.


Portmoak Community Woodland Group are a volunteer Woodland Working Group that have been carrying out conservation tasks at Portmoak Moss and Kilmagad Wood for years. 


The removal of the Xmas trees serves a conservation purpose; these non-native trees dry out the precious raised bog habitat that the group are working to protect. 


Alison Russell with 2 fine trees!


Marjorie Smith, volunteer, with Elaine and John Warburton collecting their tree



Louise Batchelor, one of the group leaders, has written a few words about the event:


“123 people came along and took away dozens of Christmas trees.  We don’t know exactly how many but some families took a tree for their living room as well as small trees for the childrens’ bedrooms.  We find this saves arguments about which trees to choose – although we still get plenty of them!  Everyone was happy to donate money towards our woodland group funds.  There were free hot drinks including mulled juice, as well as home made mince pies, shortbread, iced Christmas tree biscuits and seasonal biscuits containing orange and cranberries. The weather was gorgeous, with warm sunshine and some snow on the ground. It was slippery in places but luckily no-one fell. This has become a very popular annual event with many people bringing their dogs and combining it with a good walk round Portmoak Moss. It also helps to remove trees from the peat bog and stop it drying out – and that encourages the regeneration of sphagnum mosses”.


Thanks to Louise for this and it’s lovely to think that the presence of those hundreds of trees in peoples’ homes giving the double benefit of helping to conserve this beautiful bog!


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