Bacchus Marsh Rotary and the State Emergency Services are going COVID-safe for their Christmas tree sales this year – with pick and loading bays set up on Gisborne Rd tomorrow (Saturday). Volunteers will also offer local delivery.

The pine trees – ranging from 1.5-2.1m – will be felled near Geelong at 4am and taken to the Bacchus Marsh SES unit, literally with their sap still dripping.

SES unit controller Bill Robson said each came with a specially-designed stand that allowed the tree to sit in a small amount of water, keeping it fresh, green and stable.

“We have people who come from as far as Melton, Gordon and Ballan to pick up these trees,” he said.

“We split the profits with Rotary and people realise the money goes towards community projects.

“I know with last year’s funds the SES was able to buy a motorbike to help us get to people in the local State Parks.”

The trees range in price from $60-$80 and people are encouraged to use contactless payment methods such as credit cards.

** If you miss out on a Christmas tree tomorrow, don’t despair – the popular fundraiser continues Sunday (December 6) and again on the weekend of December 12-13.

Rotary and SES Christmas tree sales, this weekend and next weekend!!!! Are you a traditionalist who likes the tree up…

Posted by VICSES Bacchus Marsh Unit on Monday, November 30, 2020

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Main image: Bacchus Marsh’s Rotary/SES Christmas tree sale in 2019. Photos: Bill.

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