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Villagers have blasted civic chiefs for spending £1,450 on a Christmas tree that stands at just SIX FEET tall

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<p>Stunned villagers have blasted civic chiefs for shelling out a whopping £1,450 for a Christmas tree - which stands at just SIX FEET tall.</p><p>The tiny spruce, planted in Diggle, Gtr Manchester, was funded by Oldham Council and a local village association to be the area's first "permanent" Christmas tree.</p><p>But after its bumper price tag was revealed on social media, fuming residents from the small parish claimed those responsible had been “massively ripped off”.</p><p>Diggle Village Association, who split the cost of the tree with the local council, claimed the spruce was £200 cheaper than repair work needed to erect a temporary fir.</p><p>And they added that the massive charge for their newly planted evergreen had included “cost of labour, electricity hook up and lights.”</p><p>But many locals still struggled to see the spruce as value for money and believed the tree could be ten times over budget.</p><p>One said on Facebook: “Wow, massively ripped off there! </p><p>“A 6ft tree will cost approx £60 to £100 depending on where you buy from then you add labour costs and you'll be far far less than the £1,450 you've paid.”</p><p>Another furious local just wrote: “£1,450 for a tree?!!!!! How???”</p><p>While a further resident wrote: “I'm no expert on tree prices, feels 10x over priced.”</p><p>Other locals joked that the tree wouldn’t need to be hooked up to mains electricity and would only require a low-watt solar system to keep its lights illuminated.</p><p>They said: “Don't need electric hookup, just need solar.”</p><p>Another joked: “Oh dear, please be aware of scammers.”</p><p>A spokesperson from Diggle Village Association responded to the criticism, saying it would have cost £1,250 to put up a temporary tree this year due to maintenance costs.</p><p>They also said the land where the tree was planted late last week was owned by Oldham council so they had to use “certified contractors”.</p><p>And they added that though the tree might only be 6ft at the moment it would “continue to grow year after year.”</p><p>They said: “The concrete base for the temporary tree is broken, and the cost to fix it was £500 plus £750 for a temporary tree. TOTAL £1,250.</p><p>“The cost of the permanent tree was £1,450. This includes cost of labour, electricity hook up and lights.</p><p>“Unfortunately, the land is managed by Oldham Council, so planting our own tree wasn’t an option. We had to use their certified contractors, hence the price.</p><p>“We met 50% of this cost along with our local Councillors, who paid the other half. </p><p>“We now have our first permanent Christmas tree in our village, something that will continue to grow year after year!"</p><p>Local Labour Councillor Hannah Roberts, cabinet member for neighbourhoods, said the authority agreed to fund the tree due to sustainability and environmental reasons. </p><p>And she also claimed the tree was "the largest recommended" and was taller than 6ft.</p><p>She said: “Following discussions between the council and Diggle Village Association (DVA), it was agreed to plant a living Christmas tree as this is a much sustainable option compared to previous years, when disposable trees were on show.</p><p>“More communities are opting for living trees, although small to start with they are more environmentally friendly, and have paid for themselves after two years.</p><p>“The tree is the largest recommended – it is more than 6ft high and will get bigger as it grows.</p><p>“Bigger trees run to thousands of pounds and are far less likely to successfully take to their new location. The costs quoted include the purchase and delivery of the tree. </p><p>"It also covers excavation work carried out by council staff as specialist equipment had to be used so an irrigation pipe and electrical extension could be fitted.</p><p>“Hopefully, the tree will take quickly and grow and mature in the years to come. As the tree grows the plan is to expand the lights display.”</p>
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