Tallest living Christmas tree lit up at Wakehurst

Wakehurst has decorated the tallest living Christmas tree in the UK for the 25th year.

It is covered with 1,800 lights with a special animal-shaped lantern placed on the top.

The tallest living Chrismas tree lit up at Wakehurst. Photo by Steve Robards

The tallest living Chrismas tree lit up at Wakehurst. Photo by Steve Robards

Two huge mobile elevated platforms were used to decorate the Redwood tree yesterday (November 6), which stands at just over 36 metres tall in the gardens near Ardingly.

The Arboriculture team worked from platforms and specialist climbers were suspended from ropes within the tree itself to festoon the branches with the lights.

The dressing of the tree marks the start of preparations for Wakehurst’s most popular event of the year, the Glow Wild lantern festival.

The botanical gardens woodlands and Mansion will come alive after dark with hundreds of twinkling lanterns and torches of fire.

Two huge movile elevated platforms were used to decorate the tree yesterday (October 6). Photo by Steve Robards

Two huge movile elevated platforms were used to decorate the tree yesterday (October 6). Photo by Steve Robards

READ MORE: Tickets for Glow Wild at Wakehurst ‘selling fast’