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City businesses invited to decorate a free tree this XMas
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas - or it will be once businesses in Lichfield, Staffordshire, take up a tree-mendous festive offer from their local authority. Lichfield District Council is offering businesses in the area the opportunity to take away a free Christmas tree to help bring some festive cheer to the district and to say thank you to firms and shops for their efforts over a difficult past 12 months due to the coronavirus pandemic. The council has bought 200 potted Christmas trees to give away and is 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 the local council, Trees will then be available for collection from Lynn Nurseries from 29 November. The project is supported by the European Structural and Investment Fund's Growth Programme, which is funded by the European Regional Development Fund.
Bring festive cheer to Lichfield with a free Christmas tree offer
Councillor Iain Eadie, Lichfield's 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." He added: "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."
Erasmus Darwin House in Lichfield
To obtain a free tree on a first come-first-served basis, businesses are urged to email email@example.com