Pupils from a north-east nursery took a “magical” journey into the woods to pick a Christmas tree.
The 20-strong team from Gilcomston Nursery visited the Forestry Commission site at Tyrebagger woods and delighted in the festive atmosphere.
Teacher Samara Weera said: “We had a lovely walk through the woods and found a tree big enough for our school hall. It was magical.
“The children have all been busy making decorations to put on it whi.
“This is such a great way to get them outdoors; they feel so proud that they got to pick out their own tree. It is a great learning experience for them.”
One pupil, Connor Strowger, aged 4, said: “We got to meet a cheeky elf; he was sticking his tongue out and making funny faces. Then Mr Chopper-upper came and cut our tree down for us. I had good fun.”
Forestry Commission Scotland representative and Santa’s little helper, Neil Taylor said:
“We have got quite a few school groups booked in this year to come and meet all our elves and Mr Chopper -upper, they get their tree bagged up so they can take it back to the nursery. They have a wee walk through the woods to pick a tree, and they can stay and have a snack or hot drink once they are finished.
“Last year we sold 6,500 trees which I believe is the biggest set up in Britain. The funds made go back into the Forestry Commission pot, so it covers the costs of the Christmas trips and all our other non-profit activities throughout the year. We are happy to have groups up for visits all year round, but I would advise booking.
“This is a great time for us and a big public engagement event. It is great to see so many people coming into the forest.
“Most of our trees come in from other Forestry Commission sites, and always make sure they have come from sustainable sources.”
The Tyrebagger Christmas Tree site is open every day 9am-5pm until December, 23.