Tuesday 27 September 2016

Ding dong merrily on very high as tallest Christmas tree decorated

Published 19/11/2015 | 14:31

The view from the top of the giant redwood tree at Wakehurst, West Sussex, which is the UK's tallest living Christmas tree
The view from the top of the giant redwood tree at Wakehurst, West Sussex, which is the UK's tallest living Christmas tree

You may think it's too early to put up your Christmas decorations, but when you're trying to decorate one of the biggest festive trees in the UK, it's never too early to start.

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The team at Wakehurst in West Sussex - part of the Kew royal botanical gardens - have had to use extreme measures just to decorate their 36m-tall (around 110 feet) giant redwood tree.

A team of Wakehurst arboriculturalists used two cherry pickers and suspended themselves from ropes and safety harnesses for a full day to dress the tree in more than 1,800 LED bulbs.

And while they were up there, they filmed the operation using head-cams.

The giant redwood has been lit up for the past 23 years, and provides a festive beacon for planes coming into Gatwick Airport.

Wakehurst is also home to Kew's Millennium Seed Bank, which houses and protects seed from the worlds' most substantial and diverse collection of threatened and useful wild plants,

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