Canadians looking for a fresh Christmas tree this year may need to make some compromises due to the amount of supply versus demand. Tree farms have been struggling due to adverse weather events this year. They cannot keep up with demand as there is a limited amount of fresh, live Christmas trees available.
Executive director of the Canadian Christmas Trees Association, Shirley Brennan told CTVNews.ca “we can’t plant trees fast enough,… From seed to harvest, that can take anywhere between 10 and 12 years.” According to Brennan, during the 2008 recession, some tree farmers chose not to expand their operations. This is because the price of land has skyrocketed.
Brennan explained “we see urban sprawl everywhere and people are now getting new homes and want to start new traditions,… We’re also seeing new Canadians that just want to embrace some of the traditions in Canada.”
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