Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne visits Marldon Christmas Tree Farm
Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, accompanied by Minister for Women and Equalities Nicky Morgan, today visited Marldon Christmas Tree Farm in Devon to welcome the launch of the company’s new ‘My Little Tree’ range to hear about their plans to export abroad for the first time ever this Christmas. While on the visit the Chancellor also picked the official Christmas tree for No11 Downing Street.
The decisions to export to Holland and to launch a new micro tree for the domestic market are key parts of the company’s long term growth strategy.
Marldon Christmas Tree Farm is part of Jadecliff, owned and run by Sadie Lynes. The company provides Christmas trees for the wholesale market but also supplies directly to the public on many of its sites. The company also plans to help Britain become a market leader in Christmas tree growing, working with Bicton Agriculture College to form new courses about the industry.
The visit formed the agricultural element of the Chancellors regional tour highlighting the role of women in the economy, which came as new HM Treasury analysis was published showing strong female employment in all four sectors of the economy, primarily in highly skilled occupations.