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Christmas tree farm in the running for two awards

24th September 2019


Catsfield Christmas Tree Farm, near Battle, will find out next month whether it has reached the national finals of The Rural Business Awards after being shortlisted in the regional finals of the Best Retail Business category.

In addition, founder Clive Collins put team member Toby Ballard, who lives in Ninfield, forward for the Young Rural Person of the Year award. The judges were so impressed with Toby and what he has achieved that he is straight through to the national finals.

Catsfield Christmas Tree Farm joins a handful of other local businesses including Konzepts, Big Nose & Beardy Cider and The Great Out Tours to be shortlisted in the regional awards which are sponsored by Openreach.

The category winners for the South East will be announced at the regional awards ceremony on Friday 18th October 2019 at Canterbury Cathedral Lodge in Kent. Should Catsfield Christmas Tree Farm be successful, the business will go through to the national finals. The South East covers rural businesses in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, East Sussex, Greater London, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Kent, Oxfordshire, Surrey and West Sussex.

Clive Collins said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be shortlisted and also that Toby’s contribution to rural business has been recognised in this way. He is a huge asset to have on the team.

“To be recognised through these awards is really pleasing. We truly are a local business with local staff and local customers and suppliers and we love what we do – bringing joy to customers and their families with a wonderful Christmas-time experience and offering the best festive trees in Sussex.”

Director and Co-Founder of The Rural Business Awards, Anna Price, said: “The 2019/20 Awards have seen record numbers of entries and it’s encouraging to see so many rural businesses express a desire to celebrate their successes on a regional and national scale. We are passionate about creating a nurturing environment where rural businesses can develop, and this starts by showcasing the great work they do. On behalf of everyone at the Rural Business Awards, we want to say well done to Catsfield Christmas Tree Farm, and all the shortlisted businesses, and wish them luck ahead of the regional finals.”

The Rural Business Awards 2019/20, in partnership with Amazon, will mark the Awards’ fifth year of celebrating the success of businesses across the UK’s rural economy – a segment which employs in excess of 3.4 million people in over 750,000 businesses in England alone. The awards are organised by rural business for rural business with the aim of celebrating the achievements of rural businesses and developing a strong network for rural business owners.

With more than 30 years’ of experience, Catsfield Christmas Tree Farm has one simple philosophy – to provide the best-quality trees in Sussex at the best possible prices. Customers especially like the option of reserving a tree in the plantation with a ribbon during November.

When the festive barn shop is open, Catsfield Christmas Tree Farm is the place for Christmas, offering tree stands, lights, decorations and wreaths under one roof.

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