Row breaks out over town's £7,500 plastic Christmas tree 'made in China'

News: Row breaks out over town’s £7,500 plastic Christmas tree ‘made in China’

Another Lincolnshire Highlights news story…

A war of words has erupted over a plan to replace a town’s real Christmas tree with a plastic one which costs thousands of pounds.

Louth councillors have agreed to spend £7,500 on a six-metre tall artificial tree for the Market Place with 7,000 energy saving LED lights.

But in a recent newsletter Councillor Jill Makinson-Sanders wrote that the tree would be made in China and shipped to the UK and raised concerns about levels of CO2 involved.

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On the other hand, those who supported the decision said the tree will be kinder to the environment as the carbon footprint is lower than the deforestation of 10 real trees.


Cllr Makinson-Sanders said that a 10-to-8 council vote in favour of the plastic tree came “hot on the heels of supportive councillors saying they backed the Extinction Rebellion”.

She said: “As a result I found their support for a Chinese-made plastic tree hypocritical.”

Cllr Makinson-Sanders added: “We used real Christmas trees, collected by Louth Rotary for a donation to charity, to line the banks of the river going through Hubbard Hills recently, so I am confident that their reuse is very very different.”

She had previously joined another councillor in visiting the supplier in Preston where she said she was told more trees were being shipped on containers from China.

She added: “Growing trees put CO2 back into the atmosphere as they grow too.

“As an Independent councillor I support green initiatives locally and as a granny I want to leave my grandchildren a legacy of a healthy and sustainable environment.

“It is not an issue of money in my book but care for the environment must be paramount.”

In a post on the Move Louth Forward Facebook page, a number of residents queried the value for money while some suggested cheaper and more environmentally friendly alternatives could be found locally.


Labour Louth Town councillors Lynne Cooney and Alex Cox, however, said the tree is being bought from a British company, with the frame manufactured from British Steel.

They said only some of the components come from China.

Councillors were told that supplier Christmas Tree World Centre plants a tree in the Borneo rainforest for each one sold in a bid to tackle deforestation.

Councillor Cox said: “The environment was taken into account. The carbon trust advises that over a 10-year period an artificial tree produces lower carbon emissions.

“The carbon footprint is lower than the deforestation of 10 real trees.”

They are keen to point out that the trees are not “single use plastic”.

A real tree, they say, costs £900 per year and means the tree will pay for itself in seven years.

A statement from Louth Town Council said the decision was made following a recommendation by its Christmas Lights Working Group and demonstrated its commitment to enhancing the festive light display in the town.

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