Boris switches on Christmas - with helping festive hand from Marldon

Xmas tree destined for 10 Downing Street

The tree before its trip to Downing Street - Credit: Submitted

Christmas has arrived at Number Ten - with a South Devon company helping to create the festive celebrations.

A 20 ft tall Nordmann Fir Christmas tree was lit up by the Prime Minister Boris Johnson signalling the start of Christmas after making its way from  the award-winning  Marldon  Christmas Tree Farm.

The local business provided the Prime Minister’s Christmas tree this year after winning Champion Christmas Tree Grower of the Year in an annual competition run by the British Christmas Tree Growers Association.

The Christmas tree was decorated by Jane Ingram of The Tree Barn, Watlington, Oxfordshire.

Friezeland Christmas Tree Farm, Warwickshire, provided the wreath for the door of No 10 Downing Street after winning the Champion Festive Wreath category.

Hans Christmas Andersen, Surrey, provided Christmas trees for inside No.10 and the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office after winning Runner Up Christmas Tree Grower of the Year and Best Short Film.

Heather Parry, Managing Agent for BCTGA said: “This Christmas will be a truly special one and the lights switch on signals the start of festivities when people will want to come together more than ever before. We are so proud of our members who have worked tirelessly to overcome challenges to ensure the public can enjoy a fresh, real Christmas tree, harvested from plantations up and down the country.  We are celebrating some of the best in the business and congratulate our 2021 winners including Sadie Lynes from Marldon Christmas Tree Farm."

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The annual British Christmas Tree Growers Association competition has been run since 1999. The BCTGA, which was formed 31 years ago, is managed by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society.

You can enjoy a tree from Marldon just like Boris - and with a fiver off at the same time.

Just take the voucher  below to the farm when buying your tree and redeem your £5 saving offer.