Inaugural Christmas tree throwing competition takes place

Keele Christmas Tree Farm has hosted the National Christmas Tree Throwing Competition.

Charlie Reynolds
Charlie Reynolds

The popular sport in southern Germany, saw its UK debut at Keele Christmas Tree Farm in Newcastle Under Lyme, Staffordshire.

Teenage entrepreneur Charlie Reynolds, who took over ownership of the farm's tree business three years ago, ran the event.

He recently took part in the British Christmas Tree Growers Association's national competition which selects a grower to deliver Downing Street's tree for the season.

Contestants throw a 1.8m Norway Spruce provided by the organisers.

Reynolds said: "I sold my first Christmas tree at the age of 10, so the whole business is very much part of my life and I'm constantly trying to think of ways to get people to consider real over artificial trees. 

"In Germany they've been running a competition just after the main festive celebrations for about eight years, and always ask people to turn up with their old trees.

"I decided I'd rather we provided the tree and got people to come at the end of November, just as people start to look forward to the season.

"Several of our staff have served in the military so Help for Heroes is a charity we've been fundraising for for a number of years.

"We want this to be a day of fun for families, and hopefully it will become an annual fixture that not only makes more people appreciate the 365 day a year operation that tree growing is, but will also raise some charitable money and put lots of people in a festive mood."

Harry Brightwell, secretary of the British Christmas Tree Growers Association, said: "We encourage all our member growers to be enterprising in terms of how they encourage people to learn more about British grown trees, and get them to visit the many farms and retailers across the country.

Ex-Marine Owen Davis was winner.

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