BRITAIN'S biggest living Christmas tree is ready to shine over the festive season as it is decked out with more than 1,800 lights.
Staff at Wakehurst in West Sussex took eight hours to decorate the 118 feet tree.
Previously known as Wakehurst Place, the house and more than 500 acres of botanic gardens is owned by the National Trust but used and managed by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
Wakehurst is also home to the Millennium Seed Bank, the largest wild plant seed bank in the world.
Staff began decorating the giant tree, which is taller than three double decker busses at 8am, and the task was finally completed at around 4pm.
The tree was planted at Wakehurst in the late 1890s.
Pilots are said to use the Wakehurst Christmas tree as a beacon when landing their planes at nearby Gatwick airport.
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