At least 70 Christmas trees have been stolen from Broadleaze Nurseries on the Bath Road between Keynsham and Saltford.
The thieves were well organised and took the trees between 8pm last Thursday and 5am on Friday. The trees were worth between £3,000 and £4,000 and were about 10% of the stock.
Broadleaze has been selling Christmas trees for more than 50 years and this is the first time anything like this has happened. The owners were alerted by the next-door land owner at about 6am last Friday and told that a large gap had been cut through the bordering hedge.
The burglars had prepared their raid beforehand and used cutters to enter the property and cut the trees at their base.
Since the incident security has been stepped up and there is now 24-hour surveillance in operation.
Nadine Pinkerton, co-owner at Broadleaze Nurseries, said: “I was surprised and angry when I was told the trees had been stolen.”
The owners would like it known that they still have plenty of Christmas trees for sale, together with holly wreathes, mistletoe and planted Christmas arrangements.
Anyone with information about the theft is asked to contact the non-emergency Avon & Somerset force 101 number.