Gordon Brown receives award-winning Christmas tree

Prime minister Gordon Brown will be presented with a Christmas tree from Festive Forestry Services owner David Brown on Friday 5 December.

The champion grower of the British Christmas Tree Growers' Association's (BCTGA) annual grower competition 2008 will have his tree erected outside prime minister's residence, 10 Downing Street in London.

Accompanying David Brown of Ledbury, Herefordshire, will be the winner of the best wreath, Jennie Kirkup of Dartmoor Christmas Tree Farm of Paignton, Devon.

The competition seeks out the top Christmas tree growers from around the UK. There were more than 25 entries from growers as far apart as Inverness and Cornwall. Entries were divided into separate categories; pine, fir, spruce, container-grown and decorated and undecorated wreaths. The judges looked for foliage, colour, shape and marketability.

BCTGA secretary Roger Hay said: "Our competition aims to reward the top Christmas tree growers in the UK - and what better reward than going to No. 10."

Hay added that the British-grown Christmas tree is the most environmentally friendly option, with enough oxygen to support 18 people provided by one acre (0.4ha) of trees.

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