Delivering tree-mendous festive cheer
Local businesses encouraged to take up free Christmas tree offer
We are offering local businesses the opportunity to take-away a free Christmas tree to help bring some festive cheer to the district and to say thank you to businesses for their efforts over a difficult past 12 months.
We have bought 200 potted Christmas trees to give away and are being helped by Lynn Nurseries of Lichfield to distribute the 3ft tall trees.
Businesses can claim their free tree on a first come-first-served basis by emailing economic development. Trees will be available for collection from Lynn Nurseries from 29 November.
Councillor Iain Eadie, Cabinet Member for Economic Development, said:
“Businesses across Lichfield District have faced exceptionally difficult trading conditions over the past two years, but particularly those facing competition from online retailers. We wanted to do something around the festive period to show our support and also to encourage people to visit our high streets and support our local retailers.
"We hope that our local businesses will get in touch to get a tree, decorate it and put it on display. It would be fantastic to see a tree trail around our shopping centres and to see pictures of the trees shared on social media promoting our high streets and encouraging more people to come and shop with our local retailers this festive period.
"The trees we’re donating are all potted so can hopefully be replanted after Christmas. We wanted to make sure they were not just thrown away and that something sustainable comes from our efforts to draw people in to support our local businesses.
“I hope that this small gesture by the Council will help bring some festive cheer and encourage everyone to visit our local businesses, share their pictures on social media of their favourite tree and help spread the word about why people should visit Lichfield District this Christmas."
This project is supported by the European Structural and Investment Fund’s Growth Programme, which is funded by the European Regional Development Fund. We have also used this fund to support the recruitment of a full time information officer to offer one-to-one business support, information packs for businesses when high streets re-opened after lockdown and the Love Local campaign to promote safe shopping around Lichfield District.