British Christmas Tree Growers’ Association member Colin Griffith has been named winner of the Champion Tree category in the national Downing Street Christmas tree competition.
Griffith, from Dinmore Hill Trees at Festive Farm in Wellington, Hereford, will now present a Christmas tree to the official residence of the Prime Minister in the first week of December.
Champion Wreath category went to Brian Taylor of Allensmore Nurseries in Hereford.
The runner up prize in the Champion Tree category was presented to Swansea grower Rob Morgan, of Gower Fresh Christmas Trees. He will be asked to provide 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.
Trees entered must be commercially cultivated and be 1.8 metres high from base to tip. Each is judged for foliage, colour, shape and marketability.
Following the verdict from the competition day, the winning grower supplies Downing Street’s 20 ft Christmas tree, while the winner of the wreath category creates a wreath to hang at the front door of Number 10.
Harry Brightwell, secretary of the British Christmas Tree Growers’ Association, 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.
"The competition is taken very seriously by all members and the winners deserve huge applause for their achievement."
He added: "We view the contest as a chance to recognise what incredible year-round work goes into being a Christmas tree farmer. Now we simply encourage all homeowners to consider a British grown tree for their seasonal celebrations this year."