Cardiff’s £30,000 Christmas tree finally taken down
AFTER more than six weeks of controversy, Cardiff’s £30,000 Christmas tree has been taken down and packed away for another year.
The tree became the talk of the city after Cardiff council promised a 40-metre tree – taller than Rio’s statue of the Christ the Redeemer and twice the height of the Angel of the North.
But when the tree finally arrived, it turned out to be 40ft and not 40m, making it less than a third of the height people had been expecting.
The artificial tree was also controversial for having been sourced from China.
And opponents said the deal to lease it for £10,000 a year for three years through Blackburn-based company MK Illumination was a waste of money.
Many people questioned why the council did not put in place a real and locally sourced tree.
But the authority said it represented a saving compared to the cost of real trees used in previous years.
Covered in golden baubles, it was on display in front of Cardiff Castle from the end of November.
But it did not arrive in time for the capital’s Christmas lights switch-on, instead landing a fortnight later.
In 2015 the city’s tree was sponsored by insurance firm Admiral but the council says that tree came with a price tag of around £15,000 – consisting of £10,000 for the tree itself, £2,000 to dress it up and £3,000 to install and then remove it.
When the new 40ft artificial tree was unveiled at the end of November last year Cardiff council apologised for having said it was going to be 40m tall.
A council spokeswoman confirmed the tree was 40ft tall not the 40m that had been advertised.
“The person who told us the tree was 40m high has since revealed he believes he is 18ft tall,” she said.
“We apologise to everyone who was expecting a bigger tree and are cutting the person responsible down to size.”
Cardiff’s Christmas tree has finally been taken down, below