Out on a limb

New Glas­gow park­ing lot a prime lo­ca­tion for sell­ing Christ­mas trees

The News (New Glasgow) - - PICTOU COUNTY - BY KEVN ADSHADE

They call it Pic­tou County’s Best Christ­mas Trees.

Whether that’s true or not, the ar­rival of De­cem­ber does mean that a small piece of the park­ing lot at the Aberdeen Busi­ness Cen­tre is now hum­ming with traf­fic, as peo­ple look for that per­fect tree.

“I’ve been sell­ing in New Glas­gow for 33 years in two or three dif­fer­ent spots, but this one in par­tic­u­lar for 25 years,” says owner Kevin Thomp­son, as he praised the prime lo­ca­tion (high traf­fic area with plenty of room).

“Most of th­ese come from Boyl­ston in Guys­bor­ough County, some are from Gair­loch area. Bal­sam Fir is the bulk of it,” says Thomp­son. “About 90 per cent are Bal­sam and the rest are pine.”

The Bal­sam fir is a tough tree that re­tains its nee­dles, al­low­ing peo­ple to keep their tree up longer than usual.

“They’re a native species to Nova Scotia so they do well in our prov­ince. You can cut them early and hang on to them late.”

Thomp­son and his crew started sell­ing them on Dec. 1 — trees rang­ing in height from two to 16 feet.

“We keep tak­ing them in as we need them — three or four hun­dred at a time.”

“I’m hop­ing for around a cou­ple thou­sand. If there’s a lot of snow we’ll sell more — peo­ple can’t get to the U-Picks — or they don’t want to — and if the snow freezes in a tree, you can’t tell if it’s a good one or a bad one.”

“They like the high den­sity, they don’t like to see the wood and they like nice long tops on them, and the fresh­ness, of course.”

Thomp­son said it’s im­por­tant for peo­ple to keep them away from the heat once they’re up, and to water them twice a day.


Brad Thomp­son loads an­other Christ­mas tree at a lot in New Glas­gow.

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