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Five-year-old's miniature Christmas tree gift now towers over dad's house in Harleston



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Back in 2005, when five-year-old Zara Goreham and her cousins were given a Christmas tree no taller than a few inches tall during a visit to a Santa’s grotto, she could never have predicted it would one day be bigger than a house.

But 16 years later, the tree now looms over her dad Matthew Goreham’s home in Pilgrims Way, Harleston.

Zara Goreham, second from left, back in 2005 when she was first given the Christmas tree at a Santa's Grotto. Picture: Jenny Goreham (53814168)
Zara Goreham, second from left, back in 2005 when she was first given the Christmas tree at a Santa's Grotto. Picture: Jenny Goreham (53814168)

Miss Goreham, now 21 and working at Culrose Care Home in Dickleburgh, explained how the Christmas present had exceeded everyone’s expectations.

“It’s amazing, really. My dad planted it for me and thought nothing of it. Over the years, it just got bigger and bigger – to the point where it’s bigger than the house now.”

Miss Goreham, now 21, in front of the tree – which is now taller than her dad's house. Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography 2021.
Miss Goreham, now 21, in front of the tree – which is now taller than her dad's house. Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography 2021.

Zara’s grandmother, 73-year-old Jenny Goreham, joked that her son may have grown to regret his decision.

“Most of the family had never thought it would get so big – I think he’s wishing he didn’t plant it now.”



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