Downing Street put up its traditional Number 10 Christmas tree today as Boris Johnson said it will provide some much-needed ‘festive cheer’.
A 20ft tall Nordmann fir took its place in front of the world’s most famous black door earlier today. According to sources, the tree felled in York is the first tree from the North of England to stand in front of the Prime Minister’s residence.
Oliver Combe, who runs York Christmas Trees in Wiggington with wife Kirstie, felled the Nordmann fir earlier this week in preparation for its journey to London.
Mr. Combe earned the right to supply the tree by winning the title of Champion Christmas Grower of the Year in an annual competition run by the British Christmas Tree Growers Association (BCTGA).
He told the York Post: “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.”
The Christmas tree was dressed by Charlotte Gilbert of Woods Farm Christmas Trees, Solihull and Jane Ingram of The Tree Barn, Watlington, Oxfordshire.
Boris Johnson said: “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.”
Pictures by Andrew Parsons / No 10 Downing Street