Published on 10 December 2016
The traditional annual gift from Norway to the people of London was lit on 1 December, the 22 metre tree glistens with 770 energy-efficient tree lights. This annual gift is the 70th in the series of trees donated by Oslo to London, symbolizing the deep and long-lasting friendship between the two nations.
The Trafalgar Square Christmas tree is donated by Oslo to London every year as a token of friendship and gratitude for Britain’s assistance during World War II. This year’s Norwegian spruce was felled during a special ceremony attended by the Mayors of Oslo and Westminster.
The PEFC certified forest from which the tree has been taken is managed under strict controls and guidelines, to ensure that the forest and products leaving it are legal and sustainable. PEFC is a unique global certification system which works by endorsing national forest certification systems and with over 300 million hectares of certified forests across 43 countries, is the world’s largest forest certification system.
For many Londoners, the Christmas tree and carol singing in Trafalgar Square signal the countdown to Christmas. The tree will remain in Trafalgar Square until just before the Twelfth Night of Christmas, when will be taken down and recycled by being chipped and composted for mulch.