A Norwegian Spruce

For the last 65 years a Norwegian Spruce measuring over 20 metres tall and with a suitably matching girth has arrived on these shores.

Gifted by the city of Oslo to the people of London since 1947 as a token of gratitude for British support of Norway during WWll.
The tree is prominently displayed in Trafalgar Square during the Christmas season 12 days before Christmas until just before the Twelfth Night after Christmas when it is taken down for recycling. The tree is chipped and composted to make mulch for the London Parks.
The tree provides a focal point for Christmas carolling groups and for many in London it signals the countdown to Christmas

The first tree arrived in 1947
images via wikipedia


  1. Love the vintage pictures!

    1. It is always interesting to see how people looked.

  2. Great pix. My family believes it was one of our ancestors who introduced the Christmas tree to this country, but Albert usually gets the credit…

    1. That is really interesting Isobel – perhaps you could write about it on here sometime.

      1. That would make a fabulous post!

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