Norway’s annual holiday gift to London, a large fir tree, was chopped down in a forested area of Oslo last week and shipped off. It’s all part of a tradition dating back to 1947, to thank the British people for their help during World War II.
Oslo Mayor Marianne Borgen was back in action and local school children sang carols during the tree-cutting ceremony. This year’s tree hails from Østmarka, the forest on Oslo’s east side. It’s 22 meters high and was trucked from Oslo to Brevik on the southern coast, from which it was sent by ship to Immingham before finally arriving in London.
It will be the 75th Norwegian Christmas tree to be set up at Trafalgar Square during the Christmas holidays.