Those who love the fresh smell of a tree and the gentle pinch of a pine needle underfoot need look no further than the Tatura Lions Club.
The club is selling Christmas trees for the third consecutive year.
‘‘We’re going stronger than ever,’’ club secretary Sharon Hopkins said.
‘‘I’ve contacted everybody who purchased trees last year and they’re all re-ordering, so it just goes to show they’ve enjoyed the trees.’’
The Christmas trees come from Melbourne and are transported to Tatura to sell.
Ms Hopkins said the club decided to start a fresh Christmas tree drive because many people grew up with real trees in their homes and loved them.
‘‘I’ve always had fresh Christmas trees and moving up here there were never any trees around,’’ she said
‘‘Up here it’s really surprising how many people have never had a real Christmas tree.’’
Ms Hopkins said selling fresh Christmas trees had been one of the club’s best initiatives.
‘‘We make a lot of money out of it and it all goes back into our community at the end of the year,’’ she said.
■Fresh trees can be ordered from the Tatura Lions Club by phoning Sharon Hopkins on 0416494476.
Cost is $50 for a 5-foot tree and and then an extra $5 per foot.
They will be selling the trees at Hogan St, Tatura, opposite the Tatura police station, on Saturday, December 2, 9 and 16.
People are encouraged to pre-order a tree, though the club will have some spare on the days they are set up at Hogan St.
Trees can also be delivered to homes in the district for a $10 fee.