Tree brings festive glow to city

22:53, Dec 12 2013
Christmas tree
TIS THE SEASON: The decorated Christmas tree completed land lit up on the Church Steps above Trafalgar Street.

A sparkle has been added to Nelson city with its Christmas tree now lit up.

Decorated in red, white and blue, the tree is set to become a must-see in the lead-up to Christmas.

The 5-metre tall artificial tree which stands on the Church Steps is decked with bows and fairy lights.

Nelmac facilities contracts manager Ryan Holt said the old Christmas tree frame had been modified with fish netting stretched around the metal frame for the decorations.

While traditionally a Christmas tree is an evergreen pine, Nelson's summer weather and the heat generated by the decorations meant that was not going to work.

Mr Holt said that an artificial tree had advantages. "We've been able to re-use parts of the tree structure from previous years - this fits with Nelmac's sustainable approach. Artificial trees are cheaper in the long run as they can be re-used and are also better for the environment because they prevent one from being cut down."

A number of Nelson businesses had contributed with Glenn van der Leij fabricating the metal frame, Hampijan Ltd supplying the netting, RGB Event Lighting with the lights, Powertech doing the lighting installation, and Hireach and Byrne helping with the transport.