TWO Christmas tree growers from Shirley have won top prize in a national competition which will see one of their wreathes on the door of Number 10 Downing Street.
Sisters-in-law Marie and Ragni Gilbert of Woods Farm, Shirley, took the title of ‘champion wreath’ at the 14th Annual British Christmas Tree Growers Association (BCTGA) contest, held at the Berkshire College of Agriculture in Maidenhead on October 30.
They will now have the honour of delivering the decoration to the Prime Minister’s address this December.
Judges scored the trees on their foliage, colour, shape and marketability to determine the winner in each category.
Marie said: “We’re thrilled that our wreath will be seen by so many people on the most famous door in the country.
“The BCTGA competition is such a well-respected and competitive event within our industry which makes it a real achievement to get recognition for our work in this way.”
Harry Brightwell, secretary for the BCTGA. added: “It’s always a pleasure to celebrate our members’ hard work and dedication at our annual competition. The standard of the entries this year was extremely high and it will be wonderful to see Marie and Ragni’s wreath adorn the door at No 10.”
The BCTGA was established in 1979 to provide a quality standard for Christmas tree growers in the UK and champions the purchase of real sustainable Christmas trees.
For more information about the organisation, visit www.bctga.co.uk or twitter.com/bctga.