Tree-mendous boost for charity

IT WAS an early Christmas celebration as a firm gifted 160 trees to Clarkston’s Oxfam shop.

The trees were donated by Cotswold Fir Forestry and were delivered today.

Now Oxfam have six days to turn the greenery into the green stuff as the big day rapidly approaches.

The trees will be on sale from outlets right across the west of Scotland, including Clarkston, Vistoria Road and Newton Mearns.

The tree range in size from five foot to seven foot and will be priced £5 and £10.

Clarkston shop manager Liz Sim said: “This is the first time I’ve ever been given anything like this, certainly the first time I’ve heard of someone giving us a gift of Christmas trees.

“But that’s the great thing about Oxfam, we can sell anything.

“We never turn away a donation.”

Craig Tennock of Cotswold Fir Forestry said: “These trees were grown in Livingston and were being stored in Giffnock so we wanted to find a local charity who could sell some.

“Each year, if we know there’s going to be a bit of stock left over, we try to give them to a charity so they have a chance to make a bit of money from it.

“If Oxfam give them a good price they are sure to sell as they are great trees and we are really glad we’ve been able to do something ofr a good cause.”