When it comes to Christmas trees, Brits, apparently, don't joke around. In fact, they take it so seriously that the tallest living Christmas tree in the UK is somewhat of a local celebrity. Not only this but, every year, it even gets its own holiday decoration, and the sight is pretty impressive.
This famous redwood towers over Wakehurst Place in West Sussex, making the mansion next to it look like a miniature house. It was planted in 1890, and is now 118 feet tall. What does that look like? If you stack up three double-decker buses, the tree will still be higher than them. New York City's Rockefeller Christmas tree is 30 feet shorter than this one. It is also reported that pilots use the tree as a beacon when landing planes at the nearby airport.
Naturally, when you have a tree of these proportions, decorating it can be quite the time-consuming endeavor. Staff at Wakehurst spent eight hours last week to deck it out 1,800 LED lights.
Apparently, the tree is also quite the survivor. "We lost 20,000 trees in the Great Storm of 1987. This tree has a flexible trunk meaning it swayed in the high wind but wasn't uprooted," Iain Parkinson, head of woodlands and conservation, told Scotsman.com. This is the twenty-fifth anniversary of the tree being decorated and it marks the beginning of the festive season in the botanical garden.
Wherever you live in the world, you can observe it in all its glory with this camera tool: svrf.com/search/christmastree.
Feeling inspired? Watch how to make a fringe Christmas tree (a shimmery alternative) at home: