With a looming fresh Christmas tree shortage, Royal Far West are urging people to pre-order and help kids in need.

Flooding has caused extensive damage to NSW farmland, including specialist growers of pine trees who supply Christmas trees. Furthermore, growers say the damage will cause a shortage that may last for years as trees that take multiple seasons to grow have been wiped out.

Annual sales of freshly cut Christmas trees on the Northern Beaches are an important source of income for non-profit organisations and charities such as Royal Far West at Manly, Rotary, and Scouts NSW. Royal Far West spokesperson Kate Burrell confirmed they will continue to offer ‘walk in’ sales of trees over two weekends (03 – 04 and 10 – 11 December) but encouraged people to pre-order to avoid disappointment.

“All funds raised will go towards Royal Far West, a local charity organisation dedicated to connecting kids in rural and remote communities to the care they need. You’ll walk away with a lush tree, knowing you’ve made a positive impact on the life of country children,” said Ms Burrell.

Established in 1924, Royal Far West is dedicated to connecting children in rural and remote communities to developmental and mental healthcare. Royal Far West offers services and support for country children, their families, and their communities at the Centre for Country Kids at Manly, virtually via teletherapy, and in communities.

Royal Far West say that 190,000 children across rural and remote Australia have health and developmental needs that cannot be met because of where they live.

“Royal Far West’s 95 paediatric clinicians support country children aged up to 12 with speech and language delays, behavioural and conduct disorders, early life trauma and mental illness, autism, attention deficit and hyperactivity disorders,” explained Ms Burrell.

Christmas trees can be pre-ordered online via Aussie Christmas Trees and picked up from the South Steyne entry of Royal Far West at Manly, between 6.00am – 8.00am on Saturday, 03 December, or Saturday, 10 December.

Subject to availability, trees will also be available for ‘walk in’ purchase from 6.00am – 4.00pm Saturday and Sunday, 03 – 04 December, and 6.00am – 4.00pm Saturday and Sunday, 10 – 11 December.

Alternatively, donations to support the activities of Royal Far West can be made online.

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