Ailsa Wood Products in Old Dailly, South Ayrshire has been given a lasting Christmas present by the success of the Garrocher Tree Farm in Ayr.
Garrocher sells locally grown Christmas trees at this time of year from the auction marts in Ayr and Newton Stewart and Ailsa’s handcrafted tubs, which were primarily made for the spring and summer garden market, have been selling like hotcakes as rustic Christmas tree bases.
Matt Wilson, General Manager of Ailsa Wood Products said, “Mike Craig of Garrocher reached out to us and made us think about how we could redesign our tubs to suit a different purpose and a different season but it’s meant we are able to craft hundreds more tubs a year and keep our employees gainfully employed at what would otherwise have been a quiet time.
“The Christmas tubs are waterproofed for indoor use and customised with a spike to secure the tree. They are made from premium Scandinavian softwood, finished with galvanised steel hoops and handcrafted using traditional cooperage skills with an insert base like a whisky barrel.
More consumers are becoming interested in a quality British made product rather than imports and we’ve been delighted with the interest we’ve received across the board. We are already selling through a range of garden centres as well as at the seasonal tree sales through the Marts.”
Mike Craig of Garrocher Tree Farm added, “We also see an increasing trend for buying local produce and it’s an added advantage when small businesses can help each other develop products and markets to keep wealth and employment in Ayrshire.
“I’m really pleased with the success of the Ailsa Wood Products tubs and delighted to report that we are enjoying a bumper year of Christmas tree sales too.”
Fresh local Christmas tree sales are currently ongoing at the Ayr and Newton Stewart Auction Marts 9am-5pm seven days a week.