Is this Huddersfield’s saddest Christmas tree?

The Examiner has located what may be the area’s most forlorn Christmas tree.

The conifer in Emley has been described by residents as “miserable” and “cheerless”, and it’s not hard to see why.

Although Christmas trees are usually fir trees, Emley’s is a Mediterranean conifer that was grown after the previous village Christmas tree died.

Local resident surveys Emley Village's sad looking Christmas tree
Local resident surveys Emley Village's sad looking Christmas tree

Emley resident and parish councillor Edward Shaw said: “The tree was put there about six or seven years ago.

“The previous one died because of the drought, but this one is a conifer and it doesn’t seem to have grown very well, unfortunately.

“It looks rather bedraggled and miserable to say the least.

“It doesn’t bring much Christmas cheer, let’s put it that way.”

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The tree on a side verge on Church Street is smaller and mis-shapen when compared with its competitors in other Huddersfield villages, such as those in Berry Brow, Netherton and Scapegoat Hill. hose have been erected by Kirklees Council and are festooned with lights.

While the Emley branches bear a string of lights, the tree is so sparse that the lights only highlight its small stature.

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Clr Paula Kemp, from Denby Dale Parish Council, said she had received many complaints from residents about the tree.

“Many people have been on to me about the tree”, she said. “It was donated by a mystery benefactor but it hasn’t grown as it should.”

Much better: Christmas tree in Skelmanthrope
Much better: Christmas tree in Skelmanthrope

Clr Kemp said she was planning on raising the issue with the parish council in February so that the village can get in a new cut tree for next Christmas.

“We will get a new one, but we don’t want to offend the benefactor who paid for the current one.

“Next year we’re hoping to have a Christmas tree that’s as cheerful as all the other villages’.

“It would be lovely to have a proper tree.”

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