A CHRISTMAS tree in Birkdale Village that residents described as “skinny and sorry looking” has been replaced “by an even worse one!”
The original tree, on Liverpool Road, had been there for a while but didn’t grown as expected, with Sefton Council saying it “sadly failed”.
As the festive season is now approaching, many residents took to social media to say the tree desperately needed replacing. One person even commented saying “it looks like it’s been dragged out of the canal!”
Sefton Council stepped in and planted a replacement, which arrived last week, but this now been described by locals as “even worse” and Birkdale Civic Society say they are “heartbroken” with the new tree.
The group posted on Facebook: “After a very long battle with Sefton Council to get a replacement tree, and after being assured our offer to pay towards a substantial tree was ‘unnecessary as you will receive a like for like, and appropriate replacement’ we are heartbroken to see that this is what they have deemed suitable for our amazing village.
“Having spoken to Cllr Sonya Kelly, we are trying to take this issue up with the council but for now we ask you all to support us by contacting your local councillors and MPs to express how disappointed you are. Whilst it isn’t their choice on what tree we receive, they have the power to ask the right people to explain this awful decision.”
A council spokesperson said: "The new tree, a Nordmann fir, was carefully chosen following community feedback that a traditional style Christmas tree would be preferred over the previous tree that sadly failed.
"This species is most widely used as a Christmas tree and gives the most recognisable festive shape.
“The smaller size of the replacement tree means that it has the best possible chance of establishing in its urban environment.
"It has been specially selected to ensure that its root system can fit in its permanent position in Birkdale and flourish for many more festive seasons to come.
“The council continues to be in contact with Birkdale Civic Society regarding their replacement living Christmas tree.”