Christmas tree growers present Downing Street with annual present

Christmas officially began at Downing Street on December 8, when the tree outside Number 10 was lit for the first time this season.

Dinmore Hill
Dinmore Hill
In October, the British Christmas Tree Growers Association staged its annual competition to find the best trees and wreaths from the membership of growers. From those, three growers attended the lights-on event, having produced a wreath and tree for outside Number 10, and another tree for inside.

Colin Griffith, from Dinmore Hill Trees at Festive Farm in Wellington, Hereford, won the overall contest and is responsible for the large tree which will be seen in Downing Street.

Champion Wreath category went to Brian Taylor of Allensmore Nurseries in Hereford. His wreath will now feature on the door of Number 10.

The runner up prize in the Champion Tree category was presented to Swansea grower Rob Morgan, of Gower Fresh Christmas Trees. He is providing the tree for the Pillared Room of Number 10.

More than 100 growers took part in this year’s national competition, with prizes awarded by John Howell, Conservative MP for Henley.

Categories included Best Nordman, Best Other Fir, Best Pine, Best Norway Spruce, Best Other Spruce, Best Container Grown, and Best Festive Wreath.

Finalists were permitted to submit only one tree into each category, and trees entered must be commercially cultivated and be 1.8 metres ( +/- 400mms) high from base to tip. Each is judged for foliage, colour, shape and marketability.

British Christmas Tree Growers’ Association secretary Harry Brightwell said: "We were thrilled with the standard of entries this year, and with the huge effort put in by such a large number of growers."

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