For 2017, The British Christmas Tree Growers Association (BCTGA) have donated a fully decorated tree to stand outside No10 Downing Street.
Each year the BCTGA holds a Competition to find "The Grower of The Year" and the winner then supplies a 20 feet high Christmas Tree to stand outside No 10. This year the BCTGA have also offered a set of new Christmas decorations.
Harry Brightwell, secretary of BCTGA said: “A real Christmas tree adds to the tradition of Christmas. Our members are delighted to provide a real Christmas tree beautifully decorated standing outside the most famous door and showing the world how wonderful a real British grown tree can look."
For around 20 years BCTGA members have supplied the tree to stand proudly outside number 10 and a wreath to adorn the famous door.
This year’s Christmas tree for outside Number 10 is being provided by Robert Morgan of Gower Fresh Christmas Trees in Swansea who is "Grower of the year". Rob said, "to be voted Grower of The Year and to be able to supply a tree for outside No. 10 is a great honour and a fitting tribute to a tree which is nearly 20 years old."
As runner up Ella and Will Miles of Welford Christmas Tree Farm in Welford, Northampton will supply a tree for the Pillared Room and also as winner of "Champion Wreath" they will supply the wreath for the door of No. 10. They said, "seeing the wreath that we have created on such a prestigious door is amazing."
Charlotte Gilbert of Woods Farm and Jane Ingram of The Tree Barn who have donated the decorations said: “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to help No. 10 with decorating this year’s Christmas tree. Decorating a tree with lights and baubles is what can make it magical and we intend to make the tree look extra special this year."
Harry Brightwell added: “We hope for those seeing this Christmas Tree it will help generate the Christmas spirit of Joy, Love, Peace, Goodwill and Understanding. "
BCTGA, the trade association for those who grow specialist Christmas Trees in the UK, have a code of practice to promote trees being grown in an environmental and sustainable manner.