The Crofton Park Christmas tree has been swaddled in traffic management barriers, much to the chagrin of local residents on Twitter. Trees in Ladywell and Catford are reportedly even more silly looking.#CroftonPark Christmas tree... slightly spoilt by ridiculously large health & safety barriers! @BrockleyCentral #SE4 pic.twitter.com/ZQvTVFwgwB— Jenny Wood (@WoodyJen) December 2, 2016
Lewisham Council: If you have so little faith in your citizens that you don't credit them with sufficient Christmas spirit to avoid violating a conifer or sense enough not to crash into one, then just don't bother.
As a society, we either need to take a leap of faith and trust that the trees will be fine without plastic protection or we need the creativity to find another way to bring festive joy to our streets.
As Dave reminded me on Twitter, in 2015 a Lewisham Christmas Tree was branded the UK's saddest.
Via Facebook, Emma has shared this tragic Christmas scene from Ladywell.