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So sad isn't it...
Chris: Think of how many tens (hundreds) of thousands of discarded Christmas trees that suffer this fate every year..
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 9 Jan 2017, 02:27
Strewth! Is this from a "buy back" plan?
Chris: This illustrates the madness and waste of western Christmas Ray. Thank the spirits of the east that you do not have to suffer this in Thailand
It's all over now....
Chris: Permanently...I wish
Actually, I always thought it was a good idea to have a designated spot for these discards, Chris. But I've never seen one like this against a wall. I like your perspective on it.
Chris: This was taken over a year ago Ginnie but I suspect if I returned to the spot today it would be just the same. All part of the never-ending human pantomime..
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 9 Jan 2017, 06:58
..where are the matches, please some matches over here.....
In my youth all the kids were collecting these trees and for some reason most trees were out of the house before the night of the 31st of December so at midnight, we lived at a T-crossing and we had a bigger yard, we hid the trees there and just before midnight we would drag them to the street and set fire in them... neighbours would be outside and we had a great celebration... great memories... now you wonder who was in charge?? I only can tell that when I was 15 I went skiing during Christmas and New Year, they never had 'bonfires' anymore in that street. Nowadays kids get a € for each tree they bring in......
Chris: Happy memories Astrid but I suspect things are all a bit different nowadays in stardate 2016..
I burn mine Tiff. I like the perspective of your photograph.
Chris: I think you do the right thing Chad
  • Lisl
  • Bath, England
  • 9 Jan 2017, 07:28
That is a very sad and ignominious sight, Chris
Chris: I suppose they shred them these days Lisl
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 9 Jan 2017, 07:45
Ah.. now where's this? I'll pop up and get one to save me buying in August when moist decorations seem to go up. Actually, I saw a similar heap in Romsey on Saturday.
Chris: I'm sure the fate of these transient things is universal. Incidentally I noticed Waitrose selling hot cross buns last week..
I would assume these are taken away and chipped.

We bought a live one and it is in the garden in its pot. Hopefully it will grow. The last time we did that it lasted for 3 years before getting too big
Chris: Personally I'd prefer a tasteful artificial tree, that is if I could be bothered to have one in the first place..
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 9 Jan 2017, 09:10
As chance would have it, I was photographing discarded Xmas trees yesterday. Thankfully I didn't post one as this monster would have trumped my meagre offerings.
Chris: The image has been sitting in my file for a year Mike, not that this makes any difference
There are tons of ways to reuse them.
Chris: I think these probably get ground for fertiliser
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 9 Jan 2017, 11:06
Afterbath. Deforestation of the Amazons or the Chinese stripping Africa of its trees. Lot of trouble to go to, to have a party.
Chris: Best abolish modern Christmas I think Louis
What a waste in all respects.
Chris: I agree - totally
Oh, tous les sapins.
Chris: An amazing number for one small street
This street needs sprucing up.
Chris: It's the way you tell 'em Martin..
That's a lot of dead trees... better to buy artificial...
Chris: I think that too Larry
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 9 Jan 2017, 16:00
Did this start off as just one thrown out tree, and then others followed?
Chris: I think the recyclers probably collected this lot from a street Anne, and they are stacked here awaiting their fate
At least the plastic variety just gets stored away for next year!
Chris: Yes it does Tom, makes much more sense..
  • Richard Trim
  • Suffolk: where the sun rises first in England
  • 9 Jan 2017, 21:05
Seeing this ...does make me wonder about a few things about Christmas
Chris: You could consider cutting down the number of trees you have next year
  • Beth
  • United States
  • 9 Jan 2017, 22:29
Interesting angle - it gives the impression of one huge tree.
Chris: Thank you Beth: I hadn't thought of that

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