Trafalgar Square Christmas tree: “A moving tradition”

The Trafalgar Square Christmas tree has been an annual gift to the people of London by the city of Oslo each year since 1947. It is given as a token of gratitude for British support of Norway during the Second World War. 

Beck & Pollitzer is proud to be part of this annual tradition and as such we treat the Christmas tree with the care and respect it deserves, ensuring that it arrives in London in the best possible condition for our on-site team to erect, ready to be decorated in time for the lighting ceremony.

This year’s tree is a 52-year old Norwegian spruce which is over 20 meters tall. The chosen tree, which is affectionately named the ‘Queen of the Forest’, is cut down in November during a ceremony attended by the British Ambassador to Norway, Mayor of Oslo and Lord Mayor of Westminster.  After the spruce is cut, it is shipped to Great Britain by sea, typically to the port of Hull. Here, it is greeted by Beck & Pollitzer then loaded onto one of our vehicles and transported by road by our heavy haulage team to Trafalgar Square in the heart of London.

About Beck & Pollitzer

Beck & Pollitzer was established in London in 1863 as a general carrier and warehousing company and has grown over the last 151 years into one of the world’s leading experts in machinery relocation and installation with offices in 13 countries and a global skilled workforce of over 500 people.

In addition to transporting and installing Christmas trees, we also serve major multi-national companies operating in the automotive, printing, construction, food and drink, packaging, pharmaceuticals and aerospace industries.

During recent years, we have completed over 500 large-scale installation and relocation contracts, working in more than 44 countries throughout the world.

One of our continued strengths is our ‘total project management’ approach which we apply to all parts of our business, from moving Christmas trees to the most complex engineering projects. Our involvement at every stage of a project reflects the high-degree of trust that our clients place in us – trust that confirms the fact that we do the job right, first time, every time.

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Once the tree arrives in Trafalgar Square, our team carefully unloads it and then utilising our cranes and specialist lifting equipment carefully manoeuvers it into position before securing it using our engineering expertise. The official tree lighting ceremony usually takes place on the first Thursday in December.

This is the tenth year in a row that Beck & Pollitzer have been chosen to perform the road transportation and erection tasks for the tree, which marks the start of the holidays.