Sales rise at festive season pop-up store

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The Methley Christmas Tree Farm, near Leeds, is enjoying a bumper year.

The farm and its pop-up festive shop, which was launched last year, opened its doors in November – with strict anti-Covid measures in place.

The Christmas Tree Farm and shop is managed by Jamie Savile, whose family have owned the Methley Estate since the 15th century.

He said: “We are really pleased to report a tremendous year, with 3,000 trees already sold, which is a big increase from last year.

“Every single anti-Covid measure is being implemented across the whole Home Farm site, with facemasks mandatory, sanitisers everywhere and social distancing clearly marked and monitored.

“Our popular cut-your-own field is open as usual and a click-and-collect scheme is in operation.

“We couldn’t have cancelled Christmas. Choosing a tree from Methley is a special tradition for many local families at Christmas time – and we didn’t want to disappoint.

“Our farm manager planted the first tree in 1996 and now the farm has 25,000 trees being grown at any one time.

“This has been a stressful and unsettling year for everyone and I think many people are making Christmas as happy, joyous and colourful as they possibly can. We are here to help them do exactly that.”

Situated on the confluence of the Rivers Aire and Calder, Methley Estate is part of Mexborough Estates owned by the Savile family.

Mexborough Estates grows Christmas trees in Hawnby, near Helmsley North Yorkshire, as well as at Methley.