World’s Most Famous Christmas Tree Has Reached Trafalgar Square

Dec 5, 2023

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The people of Norway have sent a Christmas tree to Trafalgar Square. Every year since 1947 it has been a tradition of Norway to send Britain a Christmas tree in order to commemorate their support during the Second World War.

The Norwegian spruce is nearly 20 meters high and is around 70 years old. It has been chosen to be the “queen of the forest” from the woodlands of Oslo.

It was felled in the presence of the Lord Mayor of Westminster, Patricia McAllister, who described the spruce saying it was “spectacular”. Every year, the selected tree is brought to the UK by a sea route which then ends up getting delivered by a lorry.

The Christmas lights will be draped vertically in traditional Norwegian style. The energy efficient bulbs will be switched on during a ceremony on Thursday 7 December.

Ms McAllister helped fell the Christmas tree in Oslo. “It was astonishing, spectacular, emotional: especially when the tree was hoisted [from where it’s been for] the last 70 years,” she said.

“It really is a spectacular tree. It’s stunning.” She further added.

Few of the previous Christmas trees that were sent From Norway, were not so warmly received. They would sometimes be of the opinion that they were either “sparse” or “anemic”.

However, the Norwegian foresters who take care of these trees described the chosen tree to be the “queen of the forest”. Every year The Poetry Society commissions a poem based on the Oslo Christmas Tree. This year poem is set to be called “T for Tree” written by Isabel Galleymore.

It is composed mainly for children and it will be read during the tree-lighting ceremony. The spruce will stay in Trafalgar Square until the 5th of January when it will be composted and chipped.

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