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Pictured: The tree shaped like a giant Christmas pudding... made by Mr and Mrs Holley

Posted on 6:32 AM by Sameer Shah

Some households' Christmas decorations get more elaborate every year, but one couple has really taken the cake.

The budding topiarists, who happen to have the festive surname Holley, have unveiled a tree clipped into the shape of a giant Christmas pudding.

The 20ft-high conifer - complete with lashings of cream, huge holly leaves and big red berries - looks good enough to eat.



It took Roger and Valerie Holley five years to prune the evergreen into the perfectly round shape it is today.

The couple achieved the life-like effect by spraying the branch tips with diluted white emulsion paint, using plywood for the leaves and attaching toilet ballcocks for the berries.

The tree has become a much-loved local landmark in the front garden of their three-bedroom detached home in Yeovil, Somerset.

Grandfather-of-two Roger, 60, said: 'We're so proud of our Christmas pudding. It's taken a lot of work to make it look this good, but the effort was worth it.

'The tree is a real favourite with the neighbours, and the local schoolchildren just love it.

'It's become something of a local phenomenon among residents, who say it looks good enough to eat.'



The incredible pudding is made up of two 25-year-old conifers which Roger merged together to make a 'single' tree.

Roger and Valerie, both keen gardeners, began pruning the tree into its round shape five years ago.

They spent hours every summer intertwining its boughs and trimming its tips to give it the cylindrical shape.

Retired Roger, who worked at nearby Yeovil District Hospital, said he was given the idea to transform it into a pudding by his 10-year-old granddaughter.

Father-of-two Roger said: 'She took one look at the tree and said 'That looks like a massive Christmas pudding!'.

'So we decided to take things a bit further and decorate it appropriately. Little did we know that it would become something of a tradition. We're now into our fifth year.'



Using stepladders, Roger begins the annual transformation by balancing an old car tyre on the top of the tree which he uses as a base.

Under this he slides two 3ft-long painted plywood leaves, before tying four red plastic ballcock berries to the wheel.

He then uses diluted white emulsion paint for the cream, which he sprays on using a hand-held gun.

The entire creation is lit up at night using specially adapted Christmas tree lights which he slots into the berries and the leaves.

Valerie, 64, a retired housewife, said: 'It's a very unusual thing to have in your front garden, I admit.

'But to see the children's faces as they walk past it is a real treat. It's our present to the community.'

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