Oxfordshire grower scoops Downing Street champion Christmas tree competition

Dave Brown, BCTGA committee member (Festive Forestry), presents Andrew Ingram with the Champion Tree Grower award
Dave Brown, BCTGA committee member (Festive Forestry), presents Andrew Ingram with the Champion Tree Grower award

Andrew Ingram of The Tree Barn, Greenfield Farm, Christmas Common, has won the coveted title of Champion Christmas Tree Grower 2013. 

The honour was announced at the 15th annual British Christmas Tree Growers Association (BCTGA) competition at Bridge End Forestry, Much Cowarne, Herefordshire, on October 30.
Ingram, who also won the champion title two years ago, will deliver a Christmas tree to stand outside 10 Downing Street in London this December.
His award was presented by Dave Brown, a BCTGA committee member and host of this year’s competition.
The competition was divided into five categories: pine, fir, spruce, container growth and wreaths. Each finalist could submit two of any one species per category and all trees entered were between 1.4m and 2.2m in height. The judges scored the trees on their foliage, colour, shape and marketability to determine the overall winner.
Ingram said: "We’re delighted to win such a prestigious award – it makes all the hard work we put into growing our trees so worthwhile. We can’t wait to visit Downing Street and see the tree stand outside one of the UK’s most famous residences."
Harry Brightwell, secretary for the BCTGA, added: "Our tree competition is always popular with our members and this year was no different, with more than 100 entries. The standard of the entries this year was extremely high but Andrew presented a fabulous pine tree that met the judging criteria perfectly."
The BCTGA was established in 1979 to provide a quality standard for Christmas tree growers in the UK and champions the purchase of real Christmas trees.

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