A PRESTIGIOUS competition to decide who supplies this year’s Christmas tree to Downing Street was held in Barnsley yesterday.

Expert growers from across the UK - and even Denmark - flocked to Billingley Christmas Tree Farm to show off their trees to a judging panel.

Organised by the British Christmas Tree Growers Association (BCTGA), the annual competition has been running since 1999.

Heather Parry, from the BCTGA said: “The best Christmas trees in Britain were brought together in Barnsley for this annual competition and it was a spectacle to behold, with the judges given an especially tough task to pick a winner.

“It is a wonderful occasion that celebrates the hard work and skill of growers across the UK ahead of their busiest time of the year, and it really does demonstrate the unrivalled quality of local, sustainably grown Christmas trees.”