There may only be 53 days until Santa makes an appearance, but at Woods Farm, in Shirley, it’s the festive season all year round.
And this year the leading Christmas tree farm in the UK proved it had scaled dizzy heights as owner Graham Gilbert limbered up to chop down the firm’s biggest ever tree – all 70ft of it.
The 58-year-old was set to fell the grand fir (abius grandis) yesterday (October 30) at the Bills Lane site before it was delivered to Nottingham City Council as their festive season centrepiece.
Graham, who started the company as a 13-year-old boy with his brother Geoff, said: “I planted this particular tree around 1972/73 so it’s taken about 42 years to reach this height.
“We’ve had to arrange for a 22-tonne digger to chop it down.
“We have been here since 1968. We were just kids at school selling the trees to make a bit of Christmas spending money.
“Now we have 500 acres and over three million trees to choose from.”
It’s a real family concern with both Graham’s sons, Graham and Tom, working with their father, as well as grandchildren and staff.
He added: “We provided 10 Downing Street with a tree and have supplied Covent Garden with its tree for the last five years as well as more than 150 councils nationwide.”