A 30 foot Nordmann Fir tree will be the centrepiece of the Christmas decorations in Market Place again this year and was chosen last week by Henley Mayor, Councillor Michelle Thomas ably assisted by Councillor John Hooper. It was a quite difficult decision this year with some trees being too wide, not tall enough or just not the right shape.
The tree is kindly sponsored by Invesco every year and has been sourced from local Christmas tree experts: the Tree Barn in Christmas Common. The Tree Barn, who have supplied Henley’s big tree for many years, grow around 120,000 trees on their grounds. Each year, they plant 17-18,000 new trees, and sell over 14,000.
Andrew Ingram, Owner of the Tree Barn said, “I was very pleased again to welcome the Mayor together with Councillor Hooper to choose the Henley tree. I think they have chosen well and look forward to seeing it erected in the Market Place at Christmas.”
Michelle said, “It was such an enjoyable hour up at Christmas Tree Farm, Christmas Common with owner Andrew, and Councillor Hooper who stood in for the Mayor’s Consort. There really was only one clear winner, I am really pleased with it and I really hope the residents of Henley will be just as pleased as I am. I cannot wait for this 38 year old tree to be brought to Market Place to be decorated and shared with our beautiful town.”
The winner of the Mayor’s Christmas card competition will switch on the lights at the Christmas Festival on Friday 25 November.