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Monday, November 24, 2014

UK's Tallest Christmas Tree - Climbers wind 2,000 lights around tallest Christmas tree in Britain

Arborist James Pumfrey hangs bulbs on the largest natural Christmas tree in the UK   


WORKERS have completed the mammoth task of installing the lights on Britain’s tallest Christmas tree. 

The 118-foot Giant Redwood at Wakehurst Place, Ardingly, is so tall it acts as a landmark for planes coming in to land at Gatwick. 

Two cherry pickers arrived on site earlier this week and workers set about climbing the tree to wrap around the 1,800 lamps.
David Marchant, head of logistics at Wakehurst, said: “The work is weather-dependent as it's too dangerous to climb to such heights in strong winds. 

“After hours of meticulous rigging, there’s that tense moment familiar to everyone decorating their tree at home - testing the lights to make sure they work.” 

Looking down: Expert tree climbers are carefully winding almost 2,000ft (600m) of festive lights around Britain's tallest Christmas tree - which stands at 118ft tall   

More than 20 years ago botanists at the 500-acre Wakehurst estate had the idea of lighting-up one of the trees for Christmas. 

Iain Parkinson, Wakehurst’s woodland manager, said: “Christmas at Wakehurst just wouldn't be Christmas without our giant tree.”
The tree will be the focal point of the estate’s Glow Wild winter lantern festival from December 4 to 7.

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