Penzance Christmas Tree – Statement from Penzance Council

8th December 2020 in Council News, Penzance

In a difficult and challenging year for so many, Penzance Council decided to go ahead with its annual Christmas Lights and Christmas Tree to bring some festive cheer to the town.

In the past week there has been a lot of attention in the local press and on social media concerning the Christmas Tree on Market Jew Street. Whilst some of this has been negative, we are delighted that most people have taken a positive interest in the tree which is there for the whole community to enjoy.

The tree has since been decorated by individuals in the town with tinsel and other plastic decorations. Everyone has their own ideas about how a tree should be decorated which is why Penzance Council generally decorate the tree with lights only to provide an acceptable middle ground.

Given the town’s continuing work to reduce plastic pollution, and concerns raised that people are taking personal risks to decorate the tree, Penzance Council has taken the difficult decision to remove the decorations this week. The Council asks that people do not attempt to redecorate the tree as these items will also be removed.

To ensure that the tree remains festive throughout the day for shoppers, Penzance Council have extended the time that the lights are on from 3:00pm – 11:00pm to 8:00am – 11:00pm. The Council is also currently looking into purchasing additional lights for the tree.

With the increased community interest in the Christmas Tree this year, Penzance Council will review the decoration of the tree for next year, which could include the purchase of new plastic free decorations and additional lighting.

Penzance Council again wishes to thank Penzance BID, local businesses, and residents in the town for their continued support which has made the lights possible again this year.

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