A Christmas tree with a difference is planned to welcome visitors to Marlborough in December.
Instead of putting up a traditional fir tree on The Green, the town council is considering decorating with sparkling lights the fully grown ancient yew tree growing beside St Mary’s Church, plus the avenue of lime trees running alongside it.
“The plan is the greenest of our proposals,” Open Spaces Committee chairman Councillor Richard Pitts told the town council on Monday.
The mayor, Councillor Alexander Kirk Wilson, personally supported the proposal while other councillors felt there should be a Christmas tree on The Green as well.
“This is cracking idea,” declared the mayor. “Having a tree on The Green is in fact difficult for motorists to see as they drive up and down”.
“But there are a lot of loose ends to this proposals. We shall have a meeting to sort them out.”
Councillor Peggy Dow agreed that it was a good way forward, adding: “I think this is an excellent idea.”