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Downing Street's Christmas tree cut down near Thame

The fir tree growing on Christmas Common
Image caption The champion tree will stand outside the home of the Prime Minister

The fir tree which will stand outside No 10 Downing Street this Christmas has been chopped down from where it was grown in south Oxfordshire.

The tree, grown by Andrew Ingram on Christmas Common near Thame, was chosen by the British Christmas Tree Growers' Association (BCTGA) on 13 October.

It was selected at an annual competition held in Yattendon, Newbury, Berkshire.

The tree will be delivered to Downing Street by Mr Ingram on Thursday.

Mr Ingram, who runs the Christmas Tree Barn, said: "This particular tree was planted on our farm in 1989.

"It was probably three years old when it came to the farm, so it's 25 years in total."

The competition, which has been running for 13 years, attracts about 100 entries.

Judges score the trees, which have to be 6ft (1.8m) to 7ft (2.2m) in height, on their foliage, colour and shape.

The trees have to be produced from sustainable seed sources and cultivated to a set of environmentally friendly conditions.

Set up in 1979, the association is made up of about 350 members across the UK, accounting for about 75% of all Christmas tree growers.

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