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St Leonard’s man sets Sussex record for longest Christmas tree throw

23rd November 2021


Dave Elias from St Leonard’s took the title in Sussex’s first ever Christmas tree throwing competition on Sunday with a throw of 9 metres.

He won a cash prize of £100 for his efforts and said he will be training for next year’s contest so he can get closer to the world record and retain his title.

The event at Catsfield Christmas Tree Farm, near Battle, saw adults throwing a six-foot Norway Spruce as far as possible in an attempt to beat the 12-metre world record. A number of children took part for fun using a smaller tree.

Dave was a last-minute entrant and beat Harry Fisher from Brighton who threw 8 metres. Harry won a pot-grown tree.

The competition took part in the yard adjacent to the Farm’s festive shop. Competitors had three attempts as around 50 people watched.

Founder of Catsfield Christmas Tree Farm Clive Collins said: “Christmas tree throwing is a tradition in other countries but, as far as we know, there has never been a competition in Sussex. So we thought it would be a bit of fun to hold one on our farm and would help people to get into the Christmas spirit.

“It was great fun and people got very competitive. The winner Dave was a former strongman athlete which probably gave him a competitive edge. I’d like to thank everyone who took part. We will definitely be holding a throwing event next year as we had some great feedback and we’ll probably introduce a children’s category as the kids loved taking part.”

Catsfield Christmas Tree Farm has been operating in East Sussex for over 30 years and has one simple mission – to provide the best-quality trees in Sussex at the best possible prices. The team understands the importance of good customer service and delivering the complete Christmas experience to customers.



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