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British Christmas Tree Growers Association

  
  

MEMBERS' TEMPLATE PRESS RELEASE FOR COMPETITION 2018

PRESS RELEASE

 

CHRISTMAS TREE GROWER FROM [INSERT COUNTY] IS HOPING TO SUPPLY DOWNING STREET

 

A CHRISTMAS tree grower from [INSERT COUNTY] is going for gold at a competition to be crowned "Grower of the year" and provide the ultimate festive decoration for 10 Downing Street.

[INSERT BUSINESS NAME/FARM NAME] from [INSERT TOWN] is joining dozens of other growers from across the UK to battle it out for their fellow growers’ votes.

This annual competition, now in its 20th year, is open to all members of the British Christmas Tree Growers Association. The winning "Grower of The Year" and "Champion Festive Wreath" will then provide the Christmas tree and wreath to adorn the outside of the Prime Minister’s home.

[INSERT BUSINESS NAME] is entering the following categories: [INSERT CATEGORIES]

[INSERT NAME OF SPOKESPERSON] said: “We have everything crossed for success this year. This is the ultimate accolade in our industry and we would be exceptionally proud to be "Grower of The Year" and to provide a tree to stand tall outside the house of our Prime Minister.”

Harry Brightwell, secretary of the British Christmas Tree Growers’ Association, said: “Every year we are delighted with the high standard of entries and the huge effort our growers put in to grow and pick the perfect tree and create a lovely wreath.

“The competition involves voting for a winner for each tree variety and then selecting best overall tree from all those winners. The winning grower of the Champion Christmas Tree is then honoured with providing an 18ft 6” British grown Christmas tree for the famous landmark in time for Christmas.”

All entries are assessed and judged by fellow growers.

Categories include Best Nordman, Best Other Fir, Best Pine, Best Norway Spruce, Best Other Spruce, Best Container Grown and Best Festive Wreath (natural and decorative).

In each section, trees will have been nurtured for around eight years to reach competition height of 1.8 metres – the most common height bought by the public. They will be judged on their foliage, colour, shape and marketability.

For the second year in a row, growers have been invited to enter a Best Short Film category on growing Christmas trees to win the chance to provide a tree for the Foreign Office for Christmas.

The British Christmas Tree Growers Association is the trade association for those who grow specialist Christmas Trees in the UK.

BCTGA have a code of practice to promote trees being grown in an environmental and sustainable manner.

This year’s Downing Street competition will take place on Thursday 25th October 2018 at Secret Valley, Cobbs Cross Farm, Goathurst, Somerset, TA5 2DN.

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