Hilltop Christmas Trees Call for People to Purchase Real Christmas Trees to Support the Canadian Economy

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Buying a real Christmas tree supports the Canadian economy as a whole, as well as having a host of other benefits.

With the festive period fast approaching, attentions are turning to all things Christmas, and tracking down the perfect tree is high on the list for many families. Making the choice between a real or artificial tree is easy for many who wish to experience the wholesome, natural feel and smell of a real tree, but for others, it is not such a quick decision. However, many do not realise that buying a real tree supports the Canadian economy as a whole, as well as having a host of other benefits.

The New Brunswick Christmas Tree Growers Association is the driving force behind the promotion and representation of the real Christmas tree sector. The area is one of the largest greenery-exporting locations in Canada, with around 350 Christmas tree growers working to produce up to 500,000 trees every year in order to meet demand.

Reports from Statistics Canada (updated in October 2014 http://www.statcan.gc.ca/dai-quo/smr08/2014/smr08_193_2014-eng.htm) indicate that in 2013, the value of farm cash receipts for Christmas trees in Canada stood at $55.2 million - a 6.1 per cent increase from $52.1 million in 2012, it's clear that real Christmas trees represent big money. At this time of year, the association is keep to remind buyers of the importance of this revenue for the country and urges those gearing up for Christmas to remember this and the host of other benefits of opting for a real tree this year.

Real trees are an environmentally sound choice and an increasing number of consumers are opting for real, natural products that are sustainable. While real trees are usually disposed of by being chipped for use in landscaping projects, or for other environmentally sound uses such as the base for ponds or lakes, artificial trees will never biodegrade. Indeed, their negative effects on the environment will remain for countless generations. In contrast, for each real Christmas tree cut down to adorn someone’s home this festive season, a new crop of seedlings will be planted in its place by Christmas tree growers.

Other benefits include the creation of jobs across the country at Christmas tree farms and shops. The continued sale of artificial Christmas trees and other greenery such as wreathes over the festive period has led to the loss of thousands of jobs across the Christmas tree industry. This must be stamped out, and, as so few false trees are made in the United States and Canada – rather they are made in China and Korea – real trees must be encouraged.

Hilltop Christmas Tree Farms, a family run business supplying wholesale Christmas trees to retailers across Canada and the US, believes that it is more important than ever to feed the Canadian economy, and what better way to do so than through the enjoyment of locally grown trees?

The manager of Hilltop Christmas Tree Farms, Adam Stone, a recognized authority within the Canadian Christmas tree industry, has stepped up to act on behalf of all those involved in the growing and marketing of festive trees across the region. The formation of The New Brunswick Christmas Tree Growers Association, which is also a member of the Canadian Christmas Tree Growers Association and US National Christmas Tree Association, is helping to boost the local industry as well as provide representation for suppliers and growers at a Governmental level.

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