With the festive season well and truly upon us, that iconic of seasonal images – the Christmas Tree – is one of the star attractions in homes and offices up and down the country.
And a family-run business on the outskirts of Blairgowrie is on a mission to provide lovingly grown Christmas Trees to families to help make their celebrations picture perfect.
Sholach Trees, based on around 20 acres of land in beautiful countryside in Perthshire, supplies stunning festive trees to wholesalers in London, as well as hundreds of lucky customers closer to home.
Run by the McIntyres, the business was first established over 20 years ago by Willie McIntyre Snr. Today, two of Willie’s children, Kelly and Willie Jnr, their mother Jean, and Kelly’s husband Craig and son Conall, all work for the business, supplying the popular Nordmann Fir and traditional Norway Spruce trees of all sizes.
And for the last two years, Sholach Trees has also had a retail presence in London, branching out with pop-up shops in Crystal Palace and Tooting selling to individual shoppers as well as their existing wholesale customers.
Kelly, who has worked with Blairgowrie-based enterprise support organisation GrowBiz for a number of years and describes the support she has received from them as “invaluable”, believes that collaboration with others is vital to successful enterprise.
She said: “We’ve worked with London-based company Pines and Needles for several seasons now, while closer to home we have teamed up with PKAVS Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub and run pop-up shops at their bases in Blairgowrie and Perth. Volunteers from PKAVS help staff the shop, and a donation from every tree sold is made to the charity, which does lots of good work in the community.
“We also take a selection of festive crafts made by local people down to London with us to sell, including festive wreaths which we make with Blairgowrie’s very own Berries and Cherries tartan after completing a workshop run by Something Special Flowers.
“Our trees are in the London-based Antic pub chain this year and have also featured on television and magazine shoots in the past.
“I think it is really important to build good working relationships with other businesses and organisations, whatever stage you are at on your business journey. The support, encouragement and inspiration you can get from others is invaluable.”
See www.sholachfarm.com for more information.