Oslo mayor "our gift of friendship"

The Mayor of Oslo, Fabian Stang, has overseen the annual felling of a Norway spruce tree for Trafalgar Square. The tree is typically a 50- to 60-year-old tree, over 20 metres tall.

After the tree is cut, it is shipped to London by sea.

At the base of the tree stands a plaque, bearing the words:

This tree is given by the city of Oslo as a token of Norwegian gratitude to the people of London for their assistance during the years 1940-45. A tree has been given annually since 1947.

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Trafalgar Square tree felled

Trafalgar Square's Christmas tree has been felled in Norway. The tree's been an annual gift by the city of Oslo each year since 1947 as a token of gratitude for British support of Norway during the Second World War.