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.


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.