Reading’s 2015 Christmas tree gifted by business near Cocalico area

By on November 10, 2015

Godfrey’s ­Welcome to Dogdom, a Brecknock Township, Berks County, canine lifestyle and training center located a few miles east of Adamstown, hosted a tree-cutting event Monday morning to mark the donation of one of its large concolor fir trees to the City of Reading.

The 25-foot-tall fir will be the city’s official holiday tree.

Workers with Eshelman Transportation and Plow Farms load the evergreen on a flatbed truck for its journey Tuesday morning to Penn Square in downtown Reading.

Workers with Eshelman Transportation and Plow Farms load the evergreen on a flatbed truck for its journey Tuesday morning to Penn Square in downtown Reading.

Partnering with Godfrey’s was Plow Farms, of Robeson Township, Berks County, which wrapped and cut down the tree in a two-hour process involving seven workers.

Plow Farms via Eshelman Transportation will transport the tree to Reading, where it will be decorated in preparation for a tree-lighting ceremony on Penn Square on Friday, Nov. 20, at 5:30 p.m. Plow Farms is providing its services free of charge to the city.

Photos by Donna Reed Preston Eshelman of Eshelman Transportaion, checks the number of rings on the trunk of the 2015 Reading Christmas tree.  The rings indicate the fir is 21 years old.

Photos by Donna Reed
Preston Eshelman of Eshelman Transportaion, checks the number of rings on the trunk of the 2015 Reading Christmas tree. The rings indicate the fir is 21 years old.

Barbara and Patrick Emmett, Godfrey’s owners, had planned to remove the tree, which blocked their office view of their membership dog parks.

Given the issues with Reading’s 2014 “Charlie Brown” tree which created local controversy and garnered national and international media attention, they decided to offer the tree to the city. Reading’s holiday planning committee was happy and grateful to accept the offer, said its chairwoman city Councilwoman Marcia Goodman-Hinnershitz.

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