Matamata trees to make bold statement
The future is bright for Matamata and we have a big tree covered in lights to prove it!
Last Tuesday the Matamata Futures project got underway with the team from Deco Lights scaling the biggest tree along Broadway, wrapping it in what can only be described as thousands of fairy lights.
Deco Lights owner Tony McFall had only positive things to say about the Matamata Futures project.
‘‘They have been fantastic to work with and I understand Matamata Futures have had good support to get the project completed.
‘‘ It makes such a difference when a group of people are so positive about getting this kind of thing done.’’
McFall employs qualified arborists to erect the lighting. This ensures safety is paramount and the tree is respected in the process. The tree, which has cost around $10,000 and was funded by Matamata Futures, will be permanently lit and will turn on and off with the street lights.
Matamata Futures plan on developing the project further in 2015 and are hoping to light up the three ‘‘ umbrella’’ trees on Broadway’s grass median.
‘‘We are hoping to have the next stage as a community project whereby local businesses and organisations could come on board to help fund stage two,’’ Matamata Futures trustee Lynette Stanley said. The long-term plan is to include the lighting of trees along Arawa St.
TREE LIGHTS: Qualified arborists Johno Smith, left, and Ben Palmer dress the big tree on Broadway last week.