CREATIVE minds and schools still have time to add their mark in the Buninyong Christmas Tree Farm later this month.
Colourful collages, welded decoration and plants growing off the trees are in the making for this season's collection.
Almost 50 trees have already popped up in the farm for the growing Buninyong event, which sprung up last year as a fun way to re-purpose wooden pallets and share cheer.
Farm organiser Miranda Donald said the concept was so popular last year it was fun to bring it back this time in an art exhibition format to better showcase trees, regardless of weather.
Ms Donald said it was pleasing how much and how fast the community had embraced the idea.
From the 600 original trees constructed last Christmas, about one-third are left and ready to shine with new designs this year.
Scotsburn and Berry Street pupils have also been busy painting trees with 10 per cent of proceeds donated to Ballarat Soup Bus. Remaining proceeds go to the artist - from whatever price they charge.
The event is in partnership with tree-builders Buninyong Men's Shed - raising $9000 for the shed last year - and community partners who have been crafting and cooking for the pop-up shop.
A neighbouring craftsman got organised early this year in his Christmas workshop to make a fleet of wooden reindeer after struggling to keep up with demand in the inaugural event. A whole shed-full of reindeer, each unique in their own way, are ready to join the farm.
Plain trees for gardens or to decorate at home are also available at Formosa Gardens in Leith Street, Redan.
Buninyong Tree Farm opening night is on Thursday, November 28 at Buninyong Town Hall and runs from 11am on November 29 to December 1.
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