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From Small Beginnings in Glenshee ...
As members of the British Christmas Tree Growers Association aim to provide our customers with high quality Christmas trees that make the perfect centrepiece of the Christmas celebrations.
Since our beginnings almost sixty years ago on a little nine acre small holding in Glenshee, Tayside Forestry has been on quite a journey.
It really started with my father Gordon Hughes looking to make some extra money for Christmas. At that time no one grew Christmas trees on a plantation - they were all taken from forestry thinnings. My father however, had the idea to plant some Christmas trees. Armed with a small planting spade and a bag of trees over his shoulder, he planted up a small frost pocket of land with five hundred Norway spruce.
Despite the harsh growing conditions, the trees did well. He was able to harvest them with his bushman saw, bundle then up with bailer twine and sell them through the florist RS Hill in Blairgowrie and Turriff’s in Broughty Ferry. As the demand for ‘farm fresh’ trees grew, so did the business and in the mid-seventies we had a record harvest of 4000 trees and celebrated with a family holiday to America!
The business moved to the current site at Templeton Farm nearly ten years ago and in that time we have doubled our output to almost 80,000 trees per year with nearly 500 acres in planted production. In the early years a piece of string for lining out the trees was about as far as technology went! Today we are planting in excess of 120,000 trees each year and the string has been replaced with GPS systems and top of the range harvesting equipment. This phenomenal growth now sees the business unrecognisable from its small beginnings back in Glenshee. The one thing though that has remained firm over the years is that we are always striving to improve and ensure that our customers get superb well-presented trees.