Christmas Tree 2021

Friday November 26, 2021

The arrival of Concord's Christmas Tree is a highlight of the year, not only for the students but also for the Grounds team who select, put up, and decorate this important centre-piece of a Concord Christmas every year. This autumn, they selected an 18 ft Nordmann Fir tree from the Burwarton Estate where they have chosen the Concord tree for the last 10 years or so. Happily they also spotted some other lovely trees that they can choose for the College in the next few years. When the tree arrived at College it was brought into Main Hall where it will greet students, staff and visitors alike. The team decorated the tree with beautiful ornaments and 2000 lights, for a magnificent display. The tree-team included Mr Humphreys, Mr Ironmonger and Mr Jones along with Mr Morris. For Mr Morris this was his 41st Concord Christmas tree.  Head Groundsman Mr Humphreys said: “This is the highlight of our year; we look forward to the whole experience from picking the tree and putting it in place to adding the last detail on the tree – the star at the top.” The tree in Main Hall isn’t the only festive display that the Grounds team create and the magical outdoor lighting, including lighting the trees and the sparkling festive animals along the path were created by the team’s Mr Price and Mr Wood. Apart from the pleasure in creating a beautiful display, the Grounds team love getting the College ready for Christmas because they hear the delighted comments from students and other staff. Said Mr Humphreys: “It's very rewarding and now being able to see a smile on so many faces is wonderful.”