Storm-hit Christmas trees rescued for sale in Milan

8 Dec. Proceeds to help stricken regions.

Fir trees uprooted in the violent storms of late October have been “rescued” and will be on sale in Milan on 8 December for a second life as Christmas trees.

National farmers’ association Coldiretti has collected uprooted trees and will be selling them on Saturday 8 December in the Porta Romana covered market in Via Friuli 10A.

The proceeds from the sale will be devolved to the funds for aid to farmers and foresters in the storm-hit northern regions of Italy.

Visitors to the market will also be able to pick up a guide to choosing, positioning and then recycling their Christmas tree.

“It’s an initiative to lend a hand to the devastated territories,” said a statement from Coldiretti, “but also to discover the importance of choosing a real made-in-Italy Christmas tree that combines respect for tradition with respect for the environment, unlike the plastic ‘trees’ which are made from petroleum products and which cause pollution.”