A WINCHESTER business specialising in artificial trees for events such as weddings has celebrated its 10th anniversary.

Twilight Trees held a celebratory event at its showroom at Manor Farm, Chilcomb.

Using some of the company’s products, the showroom was decorated to provide a “journey through the seasons”. The event was attended by invited clients and friends, with drinks and nibbles served throughout the night.

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Company director Andrew Reid Thomas, whose wife Susie founded Twilight Trees, told the Chronicle: “First of all, we are really proud and excited, because for any business I think the last 10 years have been turbulent, especially in the events industry. You went from having a lot going on and then nothing for a few years because of Covid.

Hampshire Chronicle: Susie and Andrew Reid ThomasSusie and Andrew Reid Thomas (Image: Twilight Trees)

“To come out the other side with a locally based team, which is important to us, is really exciting.

“There was a pent-up demand coming out of Covid, and we managed to slingshot into 2022, 2023, and it’s been crazy since then. There was a concern that it would be gloomy after Covid, but you only have to go into Winchester to see how well things have recovered. The economy is pretty good and I think there are people who are doing well.”

Andrew continued: “We are good at transforming spaces, and what we’ve done is take an industrial unit and create an incredible atmosphere, it’s a walk through the seasons.

Hampshire Chronicle: The decorated event spaceThe decorated event space (Image: Twilight Trees)

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“To be able to have a bit of a showcase has been fantastic. We’re lucky that family, friends and clients have been so supportive of our work. We like to think of ourselves as a big family and saying a little thank you to all those people is very important.”

Andrew said that he is hoping the company will expand to larger premises in the next few years, but confirmed that Twilight Trees is committed to staying local in Winchester.