THERE WAS double delight for Shirley businesswoman – not only did she decorate the Christmas tree at Number 10 Downing Street this year but she also opened the doors to her new shop.
Charlotte Gilbert, the daughter of Geoff Gilbert who is the owner of Woods Farm, has opened up her own festive inspired business called Woods Barn, also based on the farm.
She has also been offered the yule time privilege of decorating the Christmas tree in Downing Street.
Every year, the British Christmas Tree Growers Association (BCTGA) holds a competition to find The Grower of The Year and the winner then supplies a 20 feet high Christmas Tree to stand outside No 10.
This year the BCTGA have also offered a set of new Christmas decorations.
Charlotte was offered the chance to decorate the tree along with Jane Ingram of The Tree Barn who both donated the decorations. Charlotte said: “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to help No. 10 with decorating this year’s Christmas tree.
“Decorating a tree with lights and baubles is what can make it magical and we intend to make the tree look extra special this year.”
Charlotte, who is also excited about the new addition to her family farm, said that Woods Barn will be Alpine-style and will offer a family friendly atmosphere.
A vast array of real Christmas trees are available to purchase while reindeer and yule goats frolic on the farm to add extra festive cheer.