Christmas tree farmers’ festive thank you to customers who went out of their way to support him despite Testos roundabout roadworks

It has turned out to be a merry Christmas after all for a South Tyneside tree farmer who feared road closures would leave him out of pocket.

By Sarah Sinclair
Wednesday, 18th December 2019, 4:45 pm

Colin Haynes, who has run Scotts House Farm in Newcastle Road, West Boldon for more than 30 years, has thanked customers who went out of their way to offer their support.

The closures from Friday, November 29 - Monday, December 2 and Friday, December 6 - Monday, December 9, meant that Scotts House Farm and the A184 could only be accessed via Whitemare Pool.

Christmas tree farmer Colin Haynes has thanked customers for their support this festive season.

“The road works were terrible, they made it very difficult for people but it’s amazing how many people we got who hadn’t been to us before,” said the 52-year-old.

“I was surprised by how many people said they had made it their mission to come here after reading about the story.”

Although he estimates he lost around 150 tree sales over the two weekends Colin says things could have been much worse.

Colin has sold Christmas trees at Scotts House Farm, West Boldon for more than 30 years.

“We had about 120 trees left over and we normally don’t have any more than 50,” he continued.

“We probably did about 50% of what we did the year before, but we did better on the Monday and Friday and through the week, and our regular customers made sure they came.”

While the road was initially due to be closed entirely, Highways England previously said that they had amended the plans to ensure the road was open to all drivers and put up signs advising all businesses on the A184 were open as usual.

“I’m happy with how things have gone,” added Colin.

Colin feared that road closures due to Testos roundabout works would leave him out of pocket.

“I’m really grateful and would like to thank all of the people who made the effort to get here.”