Christmas tree for Boris to wing its way from Marldon

Torbay Weekly

A Christmas tree from South Devon will be winging its way to Number Ten to take pride of place in Downing Street.

Marldon Christmas Tree Farm has won the accolade after being crowned Champion Christmas Tree Grower of the Year.

Organised by the British Christmas Tree Growers Association, the annual competition has been running since 1999.

Red Shepherdess Hannah Jackson was the celebrity judge for this year’s competition which took place at The Tree Barn, Greenfeld Farm, Oxfordshire.

Hannah is a Cumbrian farmer who’s featured on Countryfile, SAS Who Dares Wins and is a Sunday Times Bestselling author. She selected the best tree and wreath together with last year’s winner Oliver Combe, of York Christmas Trees, after members shortlisted the entries by voting for their favourites.

This year saw more entries than ever before with 73 Christmas trees entered and 26 wreaths from growers all over the UK.

Heather Parry, Managing Agent for BCTGA, said: “Our congratulations go to Marldon Christmas Tree Farm which not only win the overall grower of the year award but also took a total of four awards.”

Marldon won Best Natural Wreath, Best Pine and runner up of Best Other Spruce.

Hannah said: “It’s been such an honour to judge today, I am absolutely blown away by the work that goes into Christmas trees. It’s been a tough competition to judge but for me the Pine was the winner as we have always had a Pine Christmas Tree in our family.”

Sadie Lynes, owner of Marldon Christmas Tree Farm, said: “I was not expecting to win. I have been growing trees for 30 years. My father started the business and after all the learning and travelling I have done, I have bought it back home to our plantation in Devon. People don’t realise that you’re out there every day in the summer pruning and the amount of work that goes into producing trees to a certain standard every year is immense and today has made it all worth it.”