Taradale’s trees a colour­ful sight

Napier Courier - - News -

The streets of Taradale have come alive this month, with the Wooden Christ­mas Tree Com­mu­nity Art project in full swing.

The project brings the com­mu­nity to­gether to dec­o­rate their town and bring a colour­ful and fes­tive feel just in time for Christ­mas, says Taradale Mar­ket­ing As­so­ci­a­tion man­ager Linda Walsh.

Wooden Christ­mas Tree Com­mu­nity Art Project has been run­ning for five years, with the sup­port of Taradale Lions, Re­sene and a grant from Cre­ative Com­mu­ni­ties Napier.

As in past years, cutouts of Christ­mas trees were sup­plied to schools, art groups, in­di­vid­u­als, pro­fes­sional artists and busi­nesses to dec­o­rate. The cre­ations are on dis­play dur­ing this month in Glouces­ter Street, Lee Road, Puke­tapu Road and Devon­shire Place.

“Each year the de­signs just get bet­ter and bet­ter with new artists and ideas,” Linda says.

“There are some re­ally amaz­ing cre­ations com­ing through so the 2018 dis­play will be one you won’t want to miss.”

The Taradale com­mu­nity is en­cour­aged to get along and take a look at what has been cre­ated for them and vote in the Peo­ple’s Choice award to win prizes, in­clud­ing vouch­ers from Re­sene.

“The dec­o­ra­tor of the tree that is voted top by the pub­lic will win a $200 Re­sene voucher and one lucky voter will win a $100 Re­sene voucher.”

You can vote in the stores dis­play­ing trees on­line via the Taradale Vil­lage Face­book page or at Pa­per Plus Taradale up un­til De­cem­ber 21. Keep an eye out on the Taradale Vil­lage Face­book page for up­dates on com­pleted trees, lo­ca­tions and how to en­ter the Peo­ple’s Choice com­pe­ti­tion.

Bledis­loe School Year 3 stu­dents with their wooden Christ­mas tree.

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