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A unique tree

Ropate Valemei
Friday, December 27, 2013

CHOPPING down a living tree is not something Fiji's premier eco-tourism resort will consider, not even for a Christmas tree.

For 15 years, Raintree Lodge has erected the same unique Christmas tree that provides a joyful welcome to its patrons throughout the festive season.

Interestingly, lodge managing director Tom Davis said the Christmas tree was not a real tree at all

"In what's become a much-anticipated Raintree tradition, a plain re-usable frame of just two pieces of timber is put up, draped with tinsel, strung with fairy lights and bedecked with ornaments.

"For children especially, the result is a source of fascination and delight," Mr Davis said.

He said over those same 15 years, their staff had added about 1000 native trees and other plants to their natural surrounding.

Raintree Lodge is located close by the famous Colo-i-Suva Forest Park, just a short excursion from either Suva or Nausori and Mr Davis encouraged locals to visit, at Christmas and any other time.

Australian tourists Peter and Wendy Pulkeley said they loved the lodge and were hoping they could stay a bit longer to experience the park and the forest.

On a day tour from the tourist ship, Sea Princess, Mrs Pulkeley said this was their first time in Fiji and they loved it.