A HUSBAND and wife team from Dartmoor have sensationally claimed a total of SEVEN prizes in this year’s British Christmas Tree competition – earning themselves a very special trip to Downing Street.
Stuart and Jennie Kirkup, who have been running Dartmoor Christmas Trees since 2002, were yesterday selected as standout winners in the categories of Champion Christmas Tree and Champion Wreath, in the British Christmas Tree Growers’ Association’s annual contest.
WITH just over two months until Christmas Day dawns again, tree farmers across the country are preparing to enter their all-important annual Christmas Tree contest.
Held every year by the British Christmas Tree Growers Association, the event looks to find which grower will be awarded the title of “Christmas Tree Grower of the Year” and who will have created the “Champion Festive Wreath”.
CHRISTMAS officially begins at Downing Street on Monday afternoon, when the tree outside Number 10 will be lit for the first time this season.
For certain members of the British Christmas Tree Growers Association, this is the ultimate acknowledgement of their expertise – having won the honour of handing trees and a wreath to the official Prime Minister’s residence.
A CHRISTMAS tree grower from Suffolk has helped mark the official start of the festive season at Downing Street.
As secretary of the British Christmas Tree Growers Association, Harry Brightwell has the important task of ensuring Number 10 Downing Street receives two exceptional real Christmas trees and a stunning festive wreath every year.
With Christmas fast approaching, here’s some useful quotes on stats and facts which may well assist your editorial team this season.
WILL PRICES BE THE SAME AS LAST YEAR?
Harry Brightwell, secretary of the BCTGA said: “We expect prices to be very similar to last year For a 6-7 ft Nordman grown by a BCTGA member, you will most likely be paying in the region of £45 to £55. For a Norway Spruce this would be between £25 and £35 typically. Prices do vary across the country, and premium trees can cost more.”