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British Christmas Tree Growers Association



For the last 20 years Christmas tree growers across the UK have competed to provide a tree for Number 10 Downing Street.

An annual competition between farmers, set to take place exactly two months before Christmas Day, decides who is to receive this honour and all members of the British Christmas Tree Growers Association can take part.

A "Grower of The Year" and "Champion Festive Wreath" are picked from entries to provide the Christmas tree and wreath to adorn the outside of the Prime Minister’s home.

Harry Brightwell, secretary of the British Christmas Tree Growers’ Association, said: “This year is the 20th anniversary of the Christmas Tree Growers Association competition providing an important Christmas decoration to the Prime Minister’s home.
“It’s a tradition we are very proud of and has become a significant part of the Christmas calendar for Christmas tree growers around the UK. To have Number 10 as an advocate of real Christmas trees is a pleasure while providing an opportunity to show the world how good a real British grown Christmas tree looks.
“The standard of entries is always exceptionally high, and growers put in a huge effort.”

The competition involves voting for a winner for each tree variety and then selecting the 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.