Monday, 11 December 2017

Farm to host PM’s Christmas tree competition

A FARM in Christmas Common has been chosen to host a competition designed to find Downing Street’s 2014 Christmas tree.

More than 100 growers from around the UK will come together at the Tree Barn for the 16th annual event organised by the British Christmas Tree Growers’ Association.

The farm is owned by Andrew Ingram, who has been growing Christmas trees since 1971 and won the competition in 2011 and 2013.

He said: “As a member of the association, we work hard to ensure our trees are exceptionally well-cared for and developed to their full potential.

“This event is a real chance to show off what we do and to compare ourselves with the best in the country.”

The competition categories include best Nordmann, best other fir, best pine, best Norway spruce, best other spruce, best container grown and best festive wreath.

Finalists can submit only one tree into each category and trees must be commercially cultivated and be 1.8m high from base to tip. Each tree will be judged for foliage, colour, shape and marketability.

The winning grower will supply the Prime Minister’s 20ft Christmas tree while the winner of the wreath category will create a wreath to hang on the front door of No 10.

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