Many Flemings will be waiting for the visit of Children’s friend Saint Nicholas to pass on 6 December before setting up their Christmas tree, but others are already on the hunt for the best tree. In East Flanders garden centres have been doing brisk business. Despite last summer's drought prices are expected to remain stable this Christmas.
Gert Moreels of the Rozenland garden centre in Lede: "You should know that drought has a big impact on young trees. It will be felt in five years' time. Stabile prices this year are good news for customers. We haven't seen any price hike for adult trees."