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    Dec 17, 2014

    The 13 Worst Christmas Trees In Britain

    Everyone's rocking around the (rubbish) Christmas tree. Some of these via the Dull News in Local Newspapers blog.

    1. This year, the bar for bad Christmas trees was set spectacularly high with this one in Haddenham, Cambridgeshire.

    2. But things weren't much better in Streatham.

    Twitter: @livmace

    As passerby Olivia Mace tweeted: "This is not a tree, Streatham. This is a lopsided spindly thing with a tinsel vertex."

    3. This health-and-safety-conscious tree in north Oxford was hard to love.

    Twitter: @mrtimuk

    The 18-feet-tall tree was titled Elfen Safety – but its traffic-related decorations had to be removed after people kept complaining.

    4. The people of Oakham, Rutland, were not pleased about this tree, the subject of the Give Oakham the Christmas Tree It Deserves Facebook group.

    5. Almost 1,000 people joined a Facebook group, The Embarrassment Of Mottram Christmas Tree, in honour of this beauty in Mottram, Greater Manchester.

    Facebook: 1511028529150988

    Thankfully, someone donated another, larger tree which stands outside the local church.

    6. This "tree" in Mier, Stoke-on-Trent, is a load of rubbish – specifically, plastic bags collected by local schoolchildren.

    Twitter: @BBCRadioStoke

    Reg Brian, 82, told the Stoke Sentinel: "It's a lot of rubbish, and it's a big eyesore right in the middle of town. Everyone I've spoken to says it's awful, and if they think I'm going to go down in the cold and watch it getting switched on they're in for a shock."

    7. A whole Facebook group was set up in protest at this festive scene in Liscard, on the Wirral.

    It now has some fancy lights but the festive health-and-safety fence remains.

    8. This conical "tree", dubbed the worst in the country, was placed on Stockton-on-Tees' High Street last year and has now been donated to a local charity.

    Twitter: @EveningGazette

    The charity said it was very happy to receive it.

    9. One local in Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire, described this tree as something you'd find after "an explosion in a rag factory".

    10. This one in Dymchurch, Kent, was described as a great big weed growing out of a stick.

    11. Guiseley, near Leeds, has its own unique festive signpost.

    12. A health and safety perimeter also surrounds Derby's tree, which is a fetching conical effort this year.

    13. And finally, someone tried to make a tree out of Costa cups, in a petrol station.

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