Shining bright! Chichester’s tree with a difference…

It has visited Crawley, Horsham and Bognor Regis, and now the West Sussex recycled plastic bottle Christmas tree is coming to Chichester.


Release date: 6 November 2018

In its fifth year, the sculptural green recycled plastic bottle tree will be on display outside Jack Wills in North Street until Friday 4 January 2019.

To celebrate the tree’s arrival, the West Sussex Waste Partnership, Chichester District Council, Chichester BID and Jack Wills are hosting a switch on ceremony between 4pm and 5pm on Saturday 17 November.

They will be joined by the Prebendal Choir who will treat onlookers to some traditional Christmas carols and the Waste Prevention Team who will be on hand to answer any recycling queries and offer advice on how to reduce using single use plastics.

The tree sculpture is made from 600 reused green plastic bottles and is the brainchild of Tracey Graham, known as the ‘Rubbish Artist’, to help highlight plastic recycling in West Sussex.

Deborah Urquhart, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for the Environment, said: “The tree is a stunning feature and we hope will serve to remind people of the importance of recycling this festive season.

“Whilst we would always encourage people to use less plastic where possible, it is also important that any plastic that is used – whether it’s bottles, pots, tubs, or trays – is recycled.

“We hope that the sight of the tree in North Street will not only help people get into the Christmas spirit but will also get them thinking about recycling in general, and maybe even prompt them to make a New Year’s resolution to ‘pass on plastic’ altogether.”

To find out more about recycling, visit the Recycle for West Sussex website.

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