‘Scotland’s largest Santa heading for Newton

The giant Santa
The giant Santa

At thirty-foot high, you won’t miss Scotland’s Lagest Santa when he appears at the Craig Wilson Auction mart in Newton Stewart this weekend.

His appreance is one of a range of special events being organised by the team at the Garrocher Tree farm near Creetown.

Mike Craif from the tree farm said: “As past BCTGA Champion tree growers and Christmas Tree suppliers to The Prime Minister at No 10 in 2012, we have this past couple of years been building up our own retail business, selling our high quality, hand finished trees, directly to the public. While we have a steady stream of customers head up into the hills above Creetown , we have this year secured premises from our sister company, Craig Wilson, Auctioneers, to sell directly from the Auction Mart in Newton Stewart , and we have also secured, from the Forestry Commission, the rite to sell from Kirroughtree Visitor Centre.

“To celebrate this and, of course, create a bit of interest, we will be erecting ‘Scotland’s Largest Santa’, at both sites over the coming weeks.

“Standing nearly 30ft high he makes quite a sight, and there is usually competition by the local kids to see who can have their photos taken with him. He will be at the Auction Market this weekend, the 28th and 29th , with a further appearance being made at Kirroughtree on the weekend of the 6th and 7th.

“The other major activity that we have planned is school visitations to the Tree Farm at Creetown. Our sessions have been designed in conjunction with Country Side Learning Scotland, are primarily educational, but we are told by the kids, are “great fun ”.

“Designed either as a morning or afternoon session, the children are educated about the growth and sustainability of the trees, the environment, the history of Christmas Trees, and then it’s wellies on and out into the muddy field to see a bit of harvesting going on. Rumour has it, Santa has also been seen looking for an elusive reindeer, name of Rudolph......that always gets their attention.

“So successful has this programme been that BCTGA have actually adopted the programme and developed it into and ‘educational pack’, which is being rolled out around Scotland, England and Wales.”

This year The following schools will visit Garrocher Tree Farm:

Creetown Primary 9/12 , 9.30 – 11.30

Minnigaff Primary 9/12 , 12.30 – 2.30

Calside Primary 10/12 , 10-12 and 1 – 3.

Penninghame Primary 11/12 , 10-12

St Ninians Primary 11/12 , 12.30 – 2.30