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Christmas tree grower Ivor Dungey gets award

Some of Mr Dungey's Christmas trees
Image caption Ivor Dungey has been growing Christmas trees since the 1950s

A man who has grown Christmas trees for more than 60 years has been honoured with a lifetime achievement award.

Ivor Dungey, 77, grows more than 30,000 festive trees in fields near Liskeard in Cornwall.

The British Christmas Tree Growers Association has presented Mr Dungey with an award for his outstanding contribution to the industry.

In 2003 one of his Christmas trees was selected to stand outside 10 Downing Street in London.

'Lot of bug-rubbing'

Mr Dungey, who planted his first trees back in the 1950s, said: "The award was started about three or four years ago. It is for outstanding contributions to the Christmas tree industry.

"Competition is getting stiffer and stiffer all the time. We do a lot of bug-rubbing on the trees and that can take three or four weeks.

"It's an ongoing thing all year round. I am never sat on a chair anymore."

The association was set up more than 30 years ago. Its members sell up to eight million trees per year.

In 2003 Mr Dungey won a national competition to provide Downing Street with a tree.

He beat off competition from 20 other growers across the country. His fir tree was chosen for its foliage and shape.

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