P.E.I. Christmas trees

It takes about 10 years for Christmas tree seedlings to grow to harvest height.

A Christmas tree farmer on Prince Edward Island is expecting a strong year as younger people reject artificial trees in favour of the real thing.

The trend toward real trees is one that David Smith says he’s been noticing. He’s one of the Island’s biggest Christmas tree farmers and has been in business for more than 30 years.

"Some of the older people are going to artificial and you can understand that. But we're seeing a lot of young people come back and buy real trees now," Smith said.

The Christmas Tree Council of Nova Scotia says its growers are seeing the same. Executive director Angus Bonnyman said families are making an experience out of chopping down the tree.

That’s just what Wayne Locke and his family were doing Sunday at Island Green Farm in Mayfield, P.E.I.

"We like the real tree," he said. "It just seems more old fashioned. It's more convenient for us, we don't have to store it."