By Kaitlyn Clark
The Haldimand Press
HAGERSVILLE—The Hagersville Chamber of Commerce’s Twinkle Lights Committee is seeking donations of coniferous greenery to add to their Christmas decorations around the market square.
“The man that always let us cut down the green has sold his property and the new owner cleared it right out, so we lost a great deal of greenery from him,” explained committee chair Bernie Thomas. “Friends and l have also put out on social media a request from friends to see if they have greens we could trim, but have had no luck. Our next resource is buying trees from my usual guy and cutting them up. So far that looks like the direction we are heading.”
Thomas explained that they would normally “fill up a 4×8-foot trailer heaping full” with greenery trimmings from the previous donor. The greenery included trimmings from cedar, pine, and spruce trees, among other coniferous species. They are then used in the approximately 30 pots that surround Hagersville’s market square for decorations; the same pots house flowers in the summer months.
About eight to 10 volunteers are involved in prepping the greenery and setting it up, which Thomas said is “a lot of work.”
If they cannot find donations of greenery, Thomas estimates they’ll have to purchase approximately $500 in Christmas trees to cut up. The group is hoping to find a new donor to avoid this cost: “We don’t want dead trees, since we need green, but any trees that need to be trimmed or pruned would help out if we can get that.”
Those who have greenery to donate can contact Thomas at 905-768-3805 for more information.
Thomas concluded, “We’ve gotta make the town look nice because it’s such a rough time for everybody.”