British Christmas Tree Growers Association
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The British Christmas Tree Growers Association is the trade association for those who grow specialist Christmas Trees in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Membership is open to those who intend to grow or are growing trees for the Christmas market. Associate membership is available for those who provide goods and services to the Christmas Tree sector.
Members of the BCTGA cultivate well shaped and sturdy trees specially for the Christmas festivities.
The BCTGA holds an annual competition to find the best grower from their membership. Entries to the competition are divided into four categories; Pine, Fir, Spruce and Wreath. All trees must be between 1.8m and 2.2m in height. Each entrant is allowed up to two entries in any given category and the judges look for foliage, shape and marketability.
The competition awards a prize for 'Grower of the Year' and the winner is afforded the honour of providing 10 Downing Street with their tree. The winner of the best wreath category also provides a wreath to be hung on the famous black door.
- Champion Grower – Little Down Christmas Tree Farm, Hastings, East Sussex
- Champion Wreath – Mindrin & Co Ltd, Newton Stewart, Dumfries and Galloway
- Best Pine - HA Trim, Cranleigh, Surrey
- Best Spruce – Goose Hill Farm, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire
- Best Fir - Little Down Christmas Tree Farm, Hastings, East Sussex