Town Gets A Safe Tree

It's not exactly what people think of as a Christmas tree. The town of Poole, Dorset, England has a municipal Christmas tree that falls in line with Britain's stringent health and safety guidelines, which try to avoid all possible risks, no matter how remote.
Thus it has no trunk so it won’t blow over, no branches to break off and land on someone’s head, no pine needles to poke a passer-by in the eye, no decorations for drunken teenagers to steal and no angel, presumably because it would need a dangerously long ladder to place it at the top.

Last year Poole boasted a Norwegian fir draped with strings of coloured lights. It cost £500 and continued a decades-old tradition. The replacement, which is constructed on a metal frame overlaid with what appears to be artificial grass, cost £14,000 and comes with built-in fairy lights and hidden speakers to play Christmas tunes that will put shoppers in the festive mood. But the only mood apparent among shoppers who saw the tree yesterday was a bad one.

Citizens compared the tree to a wizard's hat and a traffic cone. Link

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There was a PR flak from the shopping centre concerned on BBC Radio 4 yesterday saying that this "tree" had had to be replaced with a real tree due the fake one having been vandalized :)
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I'd just like to echo Skipweasel's comment. "Stringent health and safety guidelines" my foot - it's just a single council pandering to a nonsense.
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This looks like one of those aluminum trees from the tree lot in the Charlie Brown Christmas Special.

The appropriate replacement would be a pitiful bent-over pine sprig mounted on a pair of 2x4s with a single ornament.
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