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Horse chestnut tree lights up for Christmas

Published on 16 November 2017

A LEICESTER street tree will be lit up for Christmas this year, thanks to a £5,000 donation by a local developer.

Contractors working for the city council will be wrapping twinkling white lights around the giant horse chestnut tree at the King Street end of New Walk today (Thursday).

Shimmering icicles will be hung from its branches, while uplighters will illuminate the tree with a warm blue glow.

The tree’s decoration has been sponsored by the Sowden Group – the developer behind the new scheme that’s close to completion on the former New Walk Centre site. 

Managing director Roy Coley said: “When the city council asked if we would like to sponsor some Christmas decorations for the King Street area, we thought it was a wonderful idea.

“The horse chestnut tree at the bottom of New Walk is a real landmark in the area, with thousands of people walking past it each day, so I’m delighted that we’ve been able to give it a special makeover for Christmas.

“It’s a beautiful tree, and it’s going to look even more magnificent when it’s lit up at night.”

City centre director Sarah Harrison said: “We’re very grateful to the Sowden Group for sponsoring the decoration of the horse chestnut tree.

“The King Street businesses, and the people who live and work in the area, will really appreciate the gesture, which will turn the tree into a festive feature at the end of New Walk."

The Christmas lights on the horse chestnut tree will be switched on at a special event for local residents and businesses on Monday (20 November).

While the icicle decorations will be removed after Christmas, it is hoped that the white pea lights and the uplighters will remain in place all year round.