Pride of place! York Christmas tree heads for Downing Street

Olly Combe cutting down the tree for Downing Street with wife Kirstie
24 Nov 2020 @ 7.32 am
| Business

When you watch the news this December, and see the Christmas tree in Downing Street, you’ll be witnessing a little bit of York festive magic.

Because the tree in Britain’s most famous street will be provided by York Christmas Trees this year.

It has now been despatched from the farm on Wigginton Road on its way south.

The family firm has the honour of providing the Christmas tree for Downing Street after winning Champion Christmas Tree Grower of the Year.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “Huge congratulations to all this year’s competition winners.  We’re delighted that York Christmas Trees will be providing the Downing Street tree this year which I hope will be enjoyed by many.

“These beautiful trees and wreaths are the first step to bringing us some festive cheer in what has ultimately been a very challenging year for us all.”

‘Incredibly exciting’

Ready to roll

The annual British Christmas Tree Growers Association (BCTGA) competition has been run since 1999 and this is the first time a winner has been crowned from the north of England.

Oliver Combe owner of York Christmas Trees said: “We are a small family run Christmas tree business based on a farm just outside York and to be given the chance to provide the tree for Downing Street is incredibly exciting and a great reward for all the hard work that our team puts in throughout the year.”

Heather Parry, Managing Agent for BCTGA, said: “Today marks the start of an exciting journey for this year’s Downing Street Christmas Tree, nurtured and grown at York Christmas Trees.

“It will now head to 10 Downing Street to mark the start of Christmas – a moment which can’t come soon enough for everyone.”