Mr Paikin said he will have trees for sale this Friday, Saturday and Sunday but there is no guarantee of stock being replenished as we head towards December 25.
Christmas tree prices will be announced once Mr Paikin takes delivery, but he warns residents they may cost “up to $200”.
“The growers have been wiped out, which means the suppliers are being charged more,” he said.
“Transport costs have gone through the roof and we’re just trying to ensure everyone who needs a Christmas tree gets one.
“Unfortunately, I don’t think there will be enough to go around.”
Local Scout groups around Sydney will be selling limited supply of fresh Christmas Trees this year. Image: In the Cove.
It’s a sentiment shared by Mike Wilkinson from 1st Clifton Gardens Sea Scouts, who hold annual fresh tree sales in Mosman and Neutral Bay.
“Last year we ordered 800 but only received 450 due to bushfires,” he said, “and this year it’s the rain that has wiped out the harvest, which means fewer trees for the community.”
The shortage means the Scouts will hold their annual fundraiser “for one day only”.
Expect to pay up to $200 for a fresh Christmas tree this year, suppliers say.
“In previous years 1st Clifton Gardens Sea Scouts have held the event over several weekends, with enough trees left over to donate to hospitals and charity organisations,” Mr Wilkinson said.
“We also have no firm price set until we take delivery, but unfortunately people will have to pay more this year.”
Dominic Quattroville from Fourth Village on Vista St says he expects Christmas tree stock to start trickling in this week, but it will be a case of “first in best dressed”.
“We have a supply of trees from our usual grower in Victoria, but they will be in limited quantity due to the fires in recent years – and now flood damage,” he said.
“There are also transport and logistics issues.
Dominic Quottroville from Fourth Village says customers can expect the “highest quality” trees but will need to be quick.
“Having said that, our trees will be excellent and up to the usual Fourth Village quality.”
Mr Quottroville said prices will vary depending on size and will likely start “at around $165”.
“My advice this year is when you see a tree you like – grab it to avoid disappointment!
“We won’t take any pre-orders.”