LONDONDERRY — It’s an annual post-Christmas tradition that has lasted for more than 20 years.

Boy Scouts representing Troop 521 spent a dreary day Saturday collecting hundreds of trees and piling them up behind the Mack’s Apples farm stand on Mammoth Road.

At dusk, the heap of pines took a flame and burned.

The annual tree burn has been a community tradition for a long time, starting as an Eagle Scout project.

Beginning mid-morning, Scouts welcomed a steady stream of people driving into the farm stand’s parking lot to offer trees for the bonfire.

Scouts removed trees from the tops of cars and then pulled the pines to toss on the pile prior to the big burn.

In addition to trees, Scouts receive monetary donations to support the troop’s activities including trips, and other special programs.

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