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Eastgate Academy in King’s Lynn given Christmas tree by Petite Peonies owner Dave Wheatley, who uses TikTok





A school in Lynn has been donated a Christmas tree by a TikTok-using business owner.

On Friday, Dave Wheatley, the owner of Petite Peonies in Wisbech St Mary, delivered a 10ft Christmas tree to Eastgate Academy for the school to enjoy at no cost.

Sharon Cook, assistant head teacher at the school, said she had been looking around for a cheap Christmas tree for the school when she came across Petite Peonies.

Dave Wheatley of Petite Peonies and children at Eastgate Academy. Picture: Ian Burt
Dave Wheatley of Petite Peonies and children at Eastgate Academy. Picture: Ian Burt

A chance encounter with one of the business’ American customers ultimately meant the school got one free of charge.

“Money is so tight with schools, we rang around and £160 was the cheapest one we could get, so I said I would try and find a cheaper one,” she said.

“The man wouldn't even take the delivery money when he got here. It means a lot to us at the school to have a tree.

Eastgate Academy Christmas receives a Christmas tree. Picture: Ian Burt
Eastgate Academy Christmas receives a Christmas tree. Picture: Ian Burt

“The children loved it – he came dressed as an elf as well so the kids were very excited.”

Dave Wheatley was able to give the tree to the school after a lady from America donated it.

The tree has been therefore been paid for by Tiffani from Oklahoma in the USA.

Each class at the school has subsequently made its own decorations to put on the Christmas tree

Dave, who on his farm has seven acres of peonies, at this time of year also has Christmas trees – so he dresses up in festive outfits and makes TikToks out of them for his growing followers.

When he arrived at the school to deliver the tree, he was dressed up as an elf.

He said: “It was brilliant to be able to help out the school, it was really nice.

“I didn't really know what to expect when I got there but it made lots of smiles on faces, the kids found it hilarious when the tree went up and hit the ceiling.”

Dave has more than 8,000 followers on the social media platform, and in excess of 119,000 likes on his posts.

Some of his videos offer advice on caring for plants, while others feature festive jokes featuring farm animals.



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