Furious locals slam councils for ’embarrassing’ and dead’ Christmas trees

‘Was it decorated by the Andrex puppy?’: Furious locals slam councils for ’embarrassing’ and dead’ Christmas trees – so how does YOUR town’s festive display measure up?

  • Council faced fury from residents over ‘dead’-looking twigs for Christmas trees
  • The disappointing decorations were said to be ‘reflective of the Christmas spirit’
  •  ***Does YOUR town have a sorry-looking Christmas tree? Email [email protected]***

Furious residents have blasted their councils for turning their towns into laughing stocks with this year’s ‘dead’- looking and sparsely decorated trees.    

Kidderminster’s festive showpiece was was mocked for looking like a giant Walnut Whip and appearing like Bo Peep threw up on it. 

Standing about 15ft high, the conifer is sparsely decorated with small yellow fairy lights and pink, green and yellow garlands. 

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The tree, which stands in the main square in the Worcestershire town’s High Street, has no baubles or tinsel and the tree is surrounded by grey metal barriers.

Resident Christine Deakin said: ‘Take it down and start again – give our town something to be proud of. Shame on the council for allowing it.’

Blackpool council bosses have also faced the wrath of residents for putting lights on their Christmas tree – despite it looking ‘dead’.

The 12 ft spruce was planted in the ground last year, but within months locals said it began to drop its plush green needles and seemed lifeless.

So they were shocked when workers from Blackpool Council put twinkling lights on the fir in November, with one local fuming: ‘The world has gone mad.’

Kidderminster's festive showpiece was was mocked for looking like a giant Walnut Whip and appearing like Bo Peep threw up on it.

Kidderminster’s festive showpiece was was mocked for looking like a giant Walnut Whip and appearing like Bo Peep threw up on it.

Council chiefs claimed the tree, situated in Oxford Square, to the south of the seaside town centre, was still ‘alive’ despite its brown and baron appearance.

And they said a ‘new tree’ was on its way to replace the sad-looking spruce, which would be removed and given another chance to flourish in the future.

But that didn’t stop angry locals from taking to social media to ask why the local authority had decided to lay lights on a tree that had been reduced to ‘twigs’.

People on a Kidderminster group on Facebook were scathing with their comments. Katie Breese declared it: ‘Worst Xmas tree I’ve ever seen – what an embarrassment for our town.’

Ben Fisher sarcastically posted: ‘Seen bigger trees on the police page when they raid the grows.’ While Sam King said: ‘Dressed by the Andrex puppy!’

Blackpool council bosses have also faced the wrath of residents for putting lights on their Christmas tree - despite it looking 'dead'

Blackpool council bosses have also faced the wrath of residents for putting lights on their Christmas tree – despite it looking ‘dead’

A man running a nearby flower stall in Kidderminster shook his head mournfully as he told WorcestershireLive: ‘They spent four hours putting it up and honestly, it’s left me underwhelmed and I don’t know why they bothered.

‘Apparently there are no tinsel or baubles because last year yobs came along and ripped them off. ‘

Resident Megan Tovey said: ‘It looks like Bo Peep threw up on it!’

And a man serving behind the counter in a meat van was equally unimpressed, saying: ‘It’s a joke – my four-year-old could do a better job.’

Some residents gave their ironic approval, with one Blackpool resident posting: 'I actually like it, reflective of the Christmas spirit many of us are feeling.'

Some residents gave their ironic approval, with one Blackpool resident posting: ‘I actually like it, reflective of the Christmas spirit many of us are feeling.’

Following the uproar, Blackpool Council released a statement saying a new tree was on its way to replace the forlorn winter fir

Following the uproar, Blackpool Council released a statement saying a new tree was on its way to replace the forlorn winter fir

One Blackpool resident slammed the council’s mismanagement of funds, posting on social media: ‘So Blackpool Council instructed an employee to put lights on Christmas trees around town and nobody noticed some of these trees were dead?

‘No doubt the same staff will now have to remove the lights before a new tree can be planted when they can pop back for a third visit and decorate the new tree.

‘Unbelievable! Is it any wonder council budgets are under serious pressure.’

Another added: ‘They need to be looked after not just planted in and left, obviously they don’t know how to look after a Christmas tree because why anyone would slap some lights on this twig when it’s one of the main roads in and out of Blackpool is beyond me.

Some residents gave their ironic approval, with one Blackpool resident posting: ‘I actually like it, reflective of the Christmas spirit many of us are feeling.’

Following the uproar, Blackpool Council released a statement saying a new tree was on its way to replace the forlorn winter fir.

John Blackledge, the council’s Director for Community and Environmental Services, said: ‘A new tree is coming to the site in time for Christmas.

‘The current tree has been inspected and is alive but will be moved and replanted to give it a chance to recover.

‘Unfortunately, Christmas trees which were planted last year suffered through a difficult winter and are being transplanted to a new location in a sheltered environment.

‘A new set of trees across the town are being prepared ready for Christmas.’

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