A Christmas tree that stays all year round

Project to plant sustainable Christmas trees.
Project to plant sustainable Christmas trees.
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Christmas trees have been planted in three villages to ensure of a green future for the festive season.

The district used to be full of sparkling trees at this time of year, but there have been fewer to go around recently because of funding shortages.

Local charity Horticare, based at Lindhill Nurseries in Kirkhamgate, has been working with councillors to plant Christmas trees that will bring joy for years to come.

They have been planted on Kirkhamgate village green, the garden by Wrenthorpe Village Hall and at Outwood Memorial Hall.

Coun Charlie Keith said he hoped the scheme would be rolled out across the district.

He said: “The plan has been to give each ward a Christmas tree, but one tree in my ward isn’t enough. We used to have trees all over the place.

“We’ve planted these trees so that we’ve got them on a year-to-year basis, so there’s a sustainable future for these communities at Christmas.”

Coun Keith said the council would fence off the trees to protect them from theft.

He said: “The only other issue is making sure that they are getting watered during the summer. They’re quite small but they will grow a bit each year.

“In these times you can’t afford to keep paying for trees every year. This is more cost-effective.

“Hopefully it’s seen as the way forward, instead of getting a tree in for Christmas and disposing of it two weeks later.”

Coun Keith said the trees would be decorated with eco-friendly solar-powered lights, which charge up throughout the day and then automatically switch on when it gets dark.

Wakefield Council said it had worked with community groups, town and parish councils and businesses to provide 32 Christmas trees this year.

Andy Wallhead, corporate director for regeneration and economic growth, said: “Due to increasing financial pressures, we have had to review our Christmas lights and trees this year.

“A fund was made available to community groups to help them provide trees and decorations where we cannot.”