Living Christmas tree carries on recycled tradition

Lismore’s 2019 recycled Christmas tree was unveiled in the CBD today – and it’s alive.

The 7 metre CBD masterpiece is made from more than 300 potted plants, 100 metres of tinsel, 250 metres of LED strip lighting powered by solar, 16 pairs of work trousers and matching boots, and rather than being topped by the traditional Santa, staff have created Planta.

While it is a living tree, staff were conscious on the need to save water – particularly with water restrictions looming. For this reason, the tree will receive minimal watering for ten minutes every eight hours.

This is the fifth tree Council staff have erected on the corner of Keen and Magellan streets to celebrate the festive season and Lismore’s commitment to recycling and sustainability.

It was constructed over the last three months with staff volunteering their own time and donating to cover all costs.

The tradition began in 2015, when Council staff created a Christmas tree as a gift for the community from old bicycles painted in many colours. In 2016 staff made the tree from old car tyres and in 2017 it was fashioned from old road signs with an impressive ‘Give Way’ star. Last year, 49 second-hand umbrellas created a very colourful and talked about tree.

“We love the recycled Christmas tree, although we’re starting to feel like there’s pressure to deliver!” laughed Anton Nguyen, Lismore City Council’s Parks Officer, who spearheaded this year’s effort.

“This year’s living Christmas tree is a nod to our beautiful natural environment. We are very proud of the tree because it represents everything Lismore is about – it’s sustainable, recycled, colourful and quirky. We think it suits the personality of our city and what our community stands for.

“Council staff love our community and do our very best to make Lismore a great place to live. Christmas gives us a chance to share our Christmas spirit and give something back from the heart,” Anton added.

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