Schoolboy entrepreneur grows 1,500 Christmas trees to fund university fees

A schoolboy entrepreneur fed up with his mother searching for the perfect Christmas tree has grown 1,500 of his own and is selling them to fund his university fees, the Telegraph informs. 

Ryan Brook, 16, spent hours traipsing around supermarkets and garden centres with his mother Gail when he was nine searching for the right tree.

That year his father Andy gave him his first sapling to plant and his passion grew from there. In seven years one sapling has turned into about 1,500 and Ryan is now selling the trees for £20 each.

This year he hopes to make several thousand pounds, beating last year's figure when he made about £2,000 selling 100 trees to friends and family.

The business is a year-round endeavour and Ryan devotes his weekends to planting and maintaining the trees in his father's field in Dean, Somerset.

And when the festive season arrives the rest of the family rally around with his father helping him cut down the trees because he is too young to use a chainsaw, while his mother and sister, Cianni, hand out flyers promoting Ryan's Trees.

Ryan said: "It all started when I was nine. I remember being dragged around by my mum to lots of different supermarkets searching for the right Christmas tree. It took hours and hours and I got bored of it.

 

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