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Which Christmas tree for Downing Street?

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Next week will see tree growers from across Britain descend on a farm at Three Crosses near Swansea for the annual Christmas tree contest.

The winner is traditionally granted the honour of putting up a tree outside 10 Downing Street.

Our members work hard throughout the year to produce quality trees that the public want to adorn their homes.

They are trying to keep alive the tradition of buying a real Christmas tree and making it a family occasion.

Good growing conditions this year means we are expecting an exceptional display of spruces, pines and firs.

– Harry Brightwell, British Christmas Tree Growers’ Association


10 top tips to keep your home secure over Christmas

South Wales Police have offered these handy hints to keep your home safe over the festive period:

  • Arrange for parcels to be delivered with neighbours if you're going to be out.
  • Make sure presents and valuables aren't visible through windows.
  • Secure all doors and windows before you leave home - even if you're only away for a short while.
  • Protect patio doors with additional locks or security measures.
  • Set your burglar alarm when you go to bed at night and when you leave during the day.
  • Don't keep house or car keys in obvious locations or anywhere near the front doors.
  • Never leave a door key in a convenient hiding place, like under a flower pot etc.
  • Use a door chain before you answer the door.
  • Be aware of uninvited callers - check identities and if in doubt don't let them in.
  • Don't advertise that your home is empty - if you are going away, be careful who you tell. Consider who may have access to messages that you put on social media.
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