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Hanging Tree Decorations

Poole — the town with a Christmas tree that you can wipe your feet on - Times Online

When is a Christmas tree not a Christmas tree? When it is a giant cone covered in what appears to be green doormats.

Shoppers stared in bemusement at the mysterious object that landed in a shopping precinct in Poole, Dorset, this week. Some compared it to a giant traffic cone, a witch’s hat or a cheap special effect from an early episode of Doctor Who.

The 33ft structure turned out to be their Christmas tree, designed according to the principles of health and safety, circa 2009.

Thus it has no trunk so it won’t blow over, no branches to break off and land on someone’s head, no pine needles to poke a passer-by in the eye, no decorations for drunken teenagers to steal and no angel, presumably because it would need a dangerously long ladder to place it at the top.

Richard Randall-Jones, the town centre manager, said “We are a coastal town and so we have strict health-and-safety guidelines around making the Christmas tree safe due to the high winds we suffer. We have to have guy ropes and hoardings to stop it from falling over and hitting somebody. The public didn’t like all the ropes and hoardings so we came up with the cone tree.

Council, tree, rope, some assembly required? I have an idea for a tree with ropes that I know the public would like....


"Council, tree, rope ....". Ahh, a traditional Christmas, complete with Tyburn Tree.

An update. Apologies to Poole council. They are perfectly justified ..

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