Staffordshire Christmas Tree headed for Downing Street
Bishop Offley Christmas Trees are thrilled to be announced as winners at the British Christmas Tree Growers Association annual competition 2022, meaning they are now the chosen supplier for this year’s Downing Street tree.
The competition was held in Swansea and there were a record number of entries. Jules Hudson from This Week on the Farm and Escape to the Country, presented the awards and the business, which is located near to Eccleshall, came away with the Best Other Fir, Runner up for Best Container Grown Tree and Overall Best Tree 2022.
Owner Russell Stanhope, who started growing the trees in 1996, said he was “over the moon” the be selected.
He said the pressure was now on to find a tree worthy of sitting outside the Prime Minster’s home.
“We were absolutely over the moon when we won the competition.
“It was a culmination of a lot of hard work. We’re only tiny growers compared to a lot of the bigger Scottish, Irish and Welsh growers so it was [a] truly brilliant feeling to win.
“The pressure is on the find a stunner in the plantation so we’re scouring our various plantations, we’ve got them here there and everywhere and we will have a stunning tree outside number 10.”
The company has plantations across Staffordshire and Cheshire.