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Christmas tree-t heading to the Prime Minister

By Val Sweeney

John Linda Junor
John Linda Junor

A HIGHLAND farmer has won the honour of providing the Christmas tree which will stand outside the Prime Minister’s official residence at 10 Downing Street.

John Junor, of Farr North Christmas Trees, beat off competition from across the UK to win the accolade at what are described as the Oscars of the Christmas tree growers’ calendar.

Based at Dell Farm, Farr, Mr Junor travelled more than 550 miles to take part in the annual competition organised by the British Christmas Tree Growers Association (BCTGA) which was held this year at Goathurst in Somerset.

He received the most votes from fellow growers to become Grower of the Year.

He will now supply the 20ft Christmas tree which will provide festive cheer at the famous London address.

"I am thrilled to have received the votes of my fellow growers," he said.

"It’s a true honour and a highlight for us growers.

"I cannot wait to have the tree delivered to this famous landmark for Christmas."

Mr Junor has been a member of the BCTGA for 20 years but it is the first time he has won the accolade.

He also won the competition for Best Fir Nordman and was runner-up for the Best Pine.

In the different categories, trees will have been nurtured for about eight years to reach competition height of 1.8m – the most common height bought by the public.

They are judged on their foliage, colour, shape and marketability.

Mr Junor has been growing Nordman Fir and Alaskan Pine trees at his farm for more than 30 years.

The farm includes aplantation of 250,000 tree and is also home to livestock includingcattle and sheep plus many wildlife and bird species.

In the annual Christmas tree competition, Harry Brightwell, BCTGA secretary, said: "Every year we are delighted with the high standard of entries and the huge effort our growers put in to grow and pick the perfect tree, and create a lovely wreath and this year was no exception."

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