Thursday, 24 January 2019

29ft fir to adorn town centre this Christmas

HENLEY’S town centre Christmas tree for this year is coming from a new supplier.

HENLEY’S town centre Christmas tree for this year is coming from a new supplier.

The 29ft Nordmann fir was selected by Henley Mayor Julian Brookes during a visit to the Tree Barn in Christmas Common on Monday.

It will be put up in Market Place at the end of next month and the official lights switch-on will take place at the Christmas Festival on the evening of Friday, December 2.

Councillor Brookes was accompanied on his visit by his wife Gabriele and Colin Fitzgerald, head of institutional business at Invesco Perpetual, which sponsors the tree each year.

They were met by Tree Barn proprietor Andrew Ingram and the farm’s Christmas tree manager Gary Walford.



Mr Ingram, who has provided the tree for No 10 Downing Street three times, said: “We are delighted to be doing a tree for Henley. The Nordmann fir is one of the most popular trees because they last and are not likely to lose their needles. ”

Councillor Brookes, whose wife has bought the family’s Christmas tree from the Tree Barn for 18 years, said: “I’m looking forward to flipping the switch on the lights at the Christmas Festival.”

Mr Fitzgerald said: “The tree they’ve chosen is fantastic. It looks beautiful and has got all the right proportions.”

Last year’s 40 ft Sitka spruce came from Elveden Farm Estate in Norfolk but was deemed unsatisfactory by councillors after shedding its needles. It cost £1,627.65.



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