Close to 10,000 Christmas trees were brought home from the state forest  06.01

During the holidays, 9800 Christmas trees were brought home from the state forest. This is slightly more than last year, which proves that the people of Estonia adhere to wintertime traditions even when the weather is not wintery and there is no snow.

According to Toomas Väät, Silviculture Head Specialist at RMK, the opportunity to bring home a Christmas tree from the state forest is offered by RMK in order to revive a nice old tradition and to invite people to visit nature regardless of the season. “It seems to me that those who appreciate the opportunity to bring home one’s own tree from the forest end up taking the trip regardless of the weather,” said Väät. “It was probably the joint trip to find the perfect tree that brought home the genuine Christmas spirit to many families.”

People start bringing trees home from the state forest at the beginning of December, with the most trees brought home over the weekend before Christmas or on the 23rd or 24th of December. RMK’s mobile app is a convenient way to locate the right site to find a tree, check one’s location in the forest, and pay for the Christmas tree.

RMK has been providing the option of bringing home one’s own Christmas tree from the state forest already for eight years, with 9600 spruces brought home last year. Trees may be selected from places where they do not stand a chance of growing to maturity: the brinks of ditches, roadsides or the undergrowth of old forest.

 RMK is the keeper, protector and manager of the forest and other natural biotic communities belonging to the Estonian state. RMK earns a profit for the state through forest management, growing reforestation material, and organising forest and nature protection works. In addition, RMK establishes opportunities for nature walking in recreational and protected areas and fosters nature awareness. RMK consists of the Sagadi Forest Centre, the Elistvere Animal Park, the Tartu Tree Nursery, AS Eesti Metsataim and the Põlula Fish Farm. More than 700 people work for RMK; however, the total number of people employed in the state forest is 5000.

Further information:
Toomas Väät
Silviculture Head Specialist at RMK
Phone 520 5734