News release

Christmas Trees Donated to Local Charities

The province is making the holiday season brighter and greener with the help of Nova Scotia Christmas trees.

As part of an annual tradition, the Lunenburg County Christmas Tree Producers' Association presented trees, today, Nov. 28, to Lt.-Gov. Arthur J. LeBlanc, Premier Stephen McNeil, Lands and Forestry Minister Iain Rankin and Agriculture Minister Keith Colwell.

The trees were donated at a ceremony at Province House, in Halifax.

Lt.-Gov. LeBlanc donated his tree to veterans at the Camp Hill Veterans' Memorial Building in Halifax and Premier McNeil donated his tree to the Home of the Guardian Angel–Chebucto Family Centre in Spryfield. Mr. Rankin donated his tree to Adsum House in Halifax, a temporary emergency shelter and housing for women and their children, and Mr. Colwell donated his tree to Margaret's House in Dartmouth, which provides meals to underprivileged adults.

"This ceremony highlights the spirit of the season and the great co-operation between government and the Christmas tree industry," said Richard Levy, president of the association. "Demand is growing for Nova Scotia’s Christmas trees and our growers are seizing the opportunity to increase the value of the industry with improved tree seedlings and exports to new off shore markets."

Tips for selecting and caring for a real tree are available at http://novascotia.ca/natr/christmastrees/ .

Real trees are biodegradable, nearly carbon neutral and recyclable. After the holidays, they can be composted or used as bird feeders or winter garden cover.

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As part of an annual tradition, the Lunenburg County Christmas Tree Producers' Association presented trees to government officials today (November 28th), at Province House in Halifax.

Lieutenant Governor Arthur J. LeBlanc donated his tree to veterans at the Camp Hill Veterans' Memorial Building in Halifax and Premier Stephen McNeil donated his tree to the Home of the Guardian Angel–Chebucto Family Centre in Spryfield. Lands and Forestry Minister, Iain Rankin donated his tree to Adsum House in Halifax and Agriculture Minister Keith Colwell donated his tree to Margaret's House in Halifax.

Richard Levy, president of the Lunenburg County Christmas Tree Producers' Association, says this ceremony highlights the spirit of the season and the great cooperation between government and the Christmas tree industry.

Tips for selecting and caring for a real tree are available on the Department of Lands and Forestry website.

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