Residents across Britain slam their councils over Christmas trees

‘A live switch-on of my tree would look better’: Residents across Britain slam their local councils over woeful Christmas trees including one ‘that looks like cactus’ and a ‘wire cone wrapped in bunting’

  • Poorly-lit, sparsely decorated Christmas trees have sparked both mirth, anger from residents across Britain
  • Some locals went as far as to demand a refund on their council tax after the pitiful attempts at festive cheer
  • Spruces were compared to a ‘cactus’, another was branded a ‘wire cone wrapped in bunting’ by angry Brits
  • Is your local Christmas tree woeful? Send us your pictures [email protected] 

Poorly-lit and sparsely decorated Christmas trees have sparked both amusement and anger from residents across the nation hoping for some festive cheer after two years of Covid.

The Christmas tree has long been the centre-piece of civic festive celebrations up and down the country, but many have not only failed to meet expectations but seemingly banished the magic of the holiday season altogether.

And some locals have gone as far as to demand a refund on their council tax after being consumed with rage at these pitiful attempts.

Shabby attempts from councils include undecorated tress, partially-lit pine and even firs erected on roundabouts, sparking fury from taxpayers.

One poor effort in Stalybridge, Greater Manchester, saw the council’s festive pine take the form of a cone-shaped wireframe, decked with bunting.

One person joked: ‘Where is the tree?’

Another resident wrote: ‘To be fair… it’s a pretty poor Christmas tree… and the bunting is not even christmassy!!!’

And a third added: ‘It’s hardly going to bring people in to visit the town and spend money, is it?’

One poor effort in Stalybridge (pictured), Greater Manchester, saw the council’s festive pine take the form of a cone-shaped wireframe, decked with bunting

Further disappointment was found in Mexborough, South Yorkshire, where locals likened the town centre tree to a cactus (pictured)

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Residents displayed spruce-envy with a neighbouring village, with one saying: ‘It’s a godawful wire thing! The next town along Dukinfield had a proper tree!’

Further disappointment was found in Mexborough, South Yorkshire, where locals likened the town centre tree to a cactus.

One child was captured on video dejectedly remarked the tree had ‘just a bit of yellow lights!’

Other residents also panned its illumination ceremony, with one local saying: ‘Wow amazing. Might do a live switch on of my tree would look better.’

Another agreed, adding: ‘Get more satisfaction turning my bedroom light on.’

Things went from bad to worse for the town when vandals ripped down what few lights were on the spruce.

Officials in St Helens, Merseyside, decided to forgo illuminations altogether, using only a few oversized ornaments as decoration, much to the dismay of locals.

Paul Whittaker, who took a picture of the sun peeking through the spruce’s leaves, joked that it was ‘the only light’ that had featured on mostly barren fir.

Residents in Worcester were coming to terms with their own festive nightmare, after their tree was branded a ‘laughingstock’.

Officials in St Helens (pictured), Merseyside, decided to forgo illuminations altogether, using only a few oversized ornaments as decoration, much to the dismay of locals

The 20ft spruce had lights adorning just one side, but even more bizarrely, Town Hall bosses had decided to place the Christmas tree on a roundabout.

Estate agent Faye Hall, 31, a mum-of-one, said: ‘As I passed by, I noticed there no lights on the other side and couldn’t help but laugh because it just looks ridiculous.

‘It has got to be one of the worst Christmas trees in the country, I’m not sure what they were thinking.’

In Grimsby, Lincolnshire, locals were in uproar a the ‘disgraceful’ quality of their bare spruce, after it was revealed that officials paid in excess of £1,000 for it.

Residents in Grimsby were shocked to learn that more than £1,000 had been spent on the tree in the town (pictured)

One local resident bristled: ‘£1,152 for a ten-foot tree, methinks the Grimsby folk need to be questioning their conservative Council leaders!!’

Another added: ‘They could have gone to B&Q and bought one for much less. Who had pocketed £1,150 for that scrap piece?’

While in Teignmouth, Devon, locals were scratching their heads at the quality of their festive fir, which seemed to follow a nautical theme.

On some of the branches, organisers had doted colourful orbs, which looked similar to buoys that fishermen use out at sea to mark their nets.

In Teignmouth, Devon, locals were scratching their heads at the quality of their festive fir (pictured), which seemed to follow a nautical theme, with organisers having used colourful orbs, which looked similar to buoys that fishermen use out at sea to mark their nets, to decorate the tree

This led one local to ask on Facebook: ‘Is this the worst Christmas tree in the UK?’

It comes after Calderdale Council were slammed for failing to light up the top half of its tree in Bailiff Bridge, West Yorkshire, for health and safety reasons.

Calderdale Council explained the tree had grown ‘significantly larger’ than expected, so they couldn’t safely light the upper sections.

After it was unveiled, Conservative councillor George Robinson fumed: ‘We’ve had a torrid year with Covid and lockdowns, we just want a Christmas tree to enjoy.

‘It’s a shambles, the worst Christmas tree in the North.’ 

Calderdale Council were previously slammed for failing to light up the top half of its tree (pictured) in Bailiff Bridge, West Yorkshire, for health and safety reasons

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