New lights now adorn the landmark tree in the middle of Kingsmead Square thanks to a jointly funded project between Bath & North East Somerset Council and HPH Commercial Property Ltd.
Earlier this year, the Council had to remove the previous lights as they were beginning to damage the tree as the lighting cables were beginning to constrict the growth of the branches.
Following consultation with local businesses, the Council installed LED technology with solar timer meaning they come on at dusk and go off at midnight.
Money from the Council was provided through the Ward Councillors Initiative Fund that empowers them to respond quickly to local community needs where a small amount of financial support can make a big difference.
Councillor Andrew Furse (Lib-Dem, Kingsmead), said, “The tree is one of the distinguishing features of Kingsmead Square and the previous lights added value to visual attractiveness of this part of the city centre. I’m really pleased that we’ve been able to get the new lights up-and-running that will no longer damage the tree.”
Councillor Doug Nicol (Lib-Dem, Kingsmead), said, “The Ward Councillors Initiative Fund is designed exactly to address issues like this and to have the lights up in time for Christmas is a good achievement. The future vitality of the tree is also secure.”
Lindsay Holdoway, owner of HPH Ltd, said, “The tree is the centre-point of the Square and the added sparkle of the lighting will play an important part in the future use of the Square for more outside cafes and restaurants. I understand the planning consent for that scheme is due to be granted any day now.”
The lights are supplied by a company called Lumisphere that have provided lighting solution to trees on the embankment in London and in Kew Gardens.