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Win a Christmas Tree worth £70!

November 1st, 2019


Focus Magazines in partnership with Abergavenny Garden Centre is delighted to announce our Christmas Colouring Competition!
This year, we’re running a fabulous seasonal colouring-in competition for all children under 12 to enter. The prize for one lucky winner will be a premium Nordman non-drop Christmas Tree, worth £70, donated by our friends at Abergavenny Garden Centre.

Abergavenny Garden Centre, located in Llanfoist, is a family run business established for over 60 years. It is a garden centre with a difference as there is still a very strong connection with growing, as you can see in their working Nursery. Visit them to enjoy a large selection of plant products, garden sundries, seeds and tools and, of course, at this time of year, an incredible selection of top quality Christmas trees!

To enter the competition, all you need to do is cut out and carefully colour in the Christmas colouring-in page (opposite) and either send it back to us at 123 Croesonen Parc, Abergavenny, NP7 6PF, or take a good photo of it or scan it and send it to us via email: If you’d prefer an easier colouring in option, other than this slightly glossy magazine paper, download the colouring-in sheet here, which you can print out and colour.

The competition closes on 20th November when we will pick the winner. We will announce the winner via social media – Follow us on Facebook @TheFocusMagazine – and in the next issue of the magazine.

The winner and their family must be able to collect the tree themselves from Abergavenny Garden Centre. Entries are limited to one per person.

When emailing or posting your entry, don’t forget to include the artist’s name and guardian’s contact name and details, so we can get in touch!

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