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Local Christmas tree farm recovers from drought, chosen to supply State House Christmas tree


This is a photo of an employee at Big John Leyden’s Christmas Tree Farm. (WLNE)

WEST GREENWICH, R.I. (WLNE) — Months after a devastating drought dried up Southern New England this past summer, ABC 6 News caught back up with John Leyden, owner of Big John Leyden’s Christmas Tree Farm in West Greenwich.

The family run farm lost 60% of their Christmas tree seedlings during last summers drought. 

“The drought was really devastating to our little seedlings the trees that we would plant every year,” said John Leyden.

He said it takes about five to 10 years to grow a tree from a seedling to a marketable Christmas tree.

Losing such a significant amount of their seedlings this summer took a hit on their potential earnings during the holiday season.

Despite this loss, the holiday spirit is still shining bright at the farm.

Leyden said the farm has been “breaking numbers” in regards to how many trees have been sold this past weekend.

Leyden announced Sunday, one of their trees was chosen as the Christmas tree for the State House in Providence.

Soon, the 16-foot spruce tree will make its way up to Smith Hill.





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