It’s been ‘all go’ at Sholach Trees since October. Marketing material to design and make, organising our Pop-up Shop, updating social media, marking trees for different orders throughout the country and then of course the harvesting! cutting, netting and delivering.
The whole family were onboard to get the marketing material out there. Mum and Sam were all around the town to get the word out in lots of local businesses. Seren especially enjoyed helping put the stamps on the envelopes for our wholesale marketing.
To get everything organised for our Pop-up Shop we had to work out the best way for people to view our lovely trees and make the decision on what beauties would make the final line up! It took Craig and Willie a couple days to prepare the sleepers, logs, and the trees for display. Local craftsman John Mac came onboard with his handcrafted Christmas decorations, Snowmen and Rudolphs. They’ve sold out every weekend so far. McSanta has been along to help at the Pop up Shop and also out with his Sleigh & trailer, to deliver all the trees locally. Here’s a glimpse at how it all looked.
I dusted off my Elf dress and got in the Christmas Spirit when helping people to choose their trees. I also gave a little harvesting hand with my wee tractor on the farm! Thanks to Sarah Marshall for taking the photographs when collecting her trees for Summerhall in Edinburgh. She is going to be working her arty magic after Christmas recycling the trees to create life long decorations and a festive momento.
This year, with my business Keathbank Photography, we made a series of films with local charity PKAVS (Perth & Kinross Association of Voluntary Service) They do a huge range of amazing work in the community and these films show examples of some of the work they do View films here We chose this as one of our local charities to support with the donation of Christmas Trees at their main office in Perth and also at Wisecraft Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub in Blairgowrie. Our trees were also donated to Strathmore Centre for Youth Development SCYD, Rattray School & Nursery, Newhill and Coupar Angus School Nurseries.
We’ve one weekend to go at our new venture the Pop up Shop! It’s been a great success so far, but it’s still at least a week to go until Christmas so we definitely expect plenty people down to pick up a lovely tree straight from the fields of Sholach Trees! It’s been great to see everybody who have bought their their tree from us this year. We usually send the majority of our trees away to the wholesale markets in November and would see a few people out at the farm in the run up to Xmas. But this year we’ve met a lot of new customers, and enjoyed helping out those who have decided to go with a real tree after years over on the ‘Dark Side’! As always we look forward to Xmas day coming, not least because the trees are then ‘done’! So we’d like to say to everybody, thank you very much for all your support. Merry Christmas to you all!!