So he thought he might as well get this 50ft one, and attach a trailer to his G-Wiz electric car to tow it.
Donated by the Forestry Commission, the £400 tree was taken 15 miles from the New Forest to skate park designer Mr Howe’s six-bedroom home in Bournemouth, Dorset
Best avoid the branch roads: Greig Howe said his G-Wiz had no problems towing the tree on a trailer, although he admits it 'must have looked a bit odd to people'
On the road: Mr Howe tows his giant Christmas tree using his tiny electric G-Whiz car
There, it was cut into three carefully measured sections to create a Christmas illusion that has passersby in the street doing double takes.
With a little help from Mr Howe’s friends, the lower parts of the tree were passed through doors and windows.
Finally a borrowed crane was used to place the top tier on to a little roof turret.
Trick or tree: The optical illusion amazes passers-by
With careful alignment, the Howe Christmas tree appears to be bursting through the roof.
It is the second year running Mr Howe has staged the trick. Last year he cut the tree up immediately after it was chopped down.
This Christmas he decided to tow it home in one piece so he could drive it past the home of his housebound grandmother, even putting a few lights and decorations on it as a treat for her.
Tall order: Friends try to get a section into the house
The whole operation, including decorating the branches with 200 baubles and 2,000 LED lights, took five days.
But Mr Howe, who is separated and has three children Harry, 12, Roni, four, and Finn, two, said the planning took far longer.
‘I’ve been working on this for weeks,’ he said. ‘But it has all been worth it now it is up. It looks fantastic.’