11:16AM, Wednesday 31 October 2012
A Christmas tree from Scotland will stand outside No.10 Downing Street this year, it was decided at a competition held at Berkshire College of Agriculture in Maidenhead yesterday.
Dozens of tree growers gathered at the Hall Place venue for the 14th annual British Christmas Tree Growers Association (BCTGA) competition.
Entries were judged on their foliage, colour, shape and marketability.
Mike Craig from Garrocher Tree Farm in Dumfries and Galloway was named champion Christmas tree grower and will provide a tree to stand outside David Cameron's home.
Harry Brightwell, secretary for the BCTGA, said: "The standard of the entries this year was extremely high but Mike presented a fabulous tree that met the judging criteria perfectly.
"We're looking forward to seeing him deliver a tree to Downing Street to bring some festive spirit to all those who visit No.10."
Marie Gilbert and sister-in-law Ragni Gilbert from Woods Farm in Solihull produced the best Christmas wreath, which will hang on the Prime Minister's door.
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