Solar decorations

Solar lights
Solar lights

Kirton is set to look stellar when it installs solar powered Christmas tree’s on lampposts and shop fronts this festive season.

Kirton Parish Council has ordered 12 solar powered units, to provide a sparkly festive to welcome residents and visitors.

It is the third year running that the council has ordered the artificial trees.

Belinda Buttery, the clerk to the parish council, said: “The trees are so convenient – there is no hassle for the council at all – and they look so pretty that we are very pleased to be having them back for this Christmas.I think the residents will be very pleased with what they look like once again.”

The trees, installed by Plantscape, get their power from a solar panel mounted above the tree, which converts energy from the sun’s rays into electricity, which is then stored in a battery concealed inside a planter unit at the base of the tree.

Mark Stone, managing director of Plantscape, said: “We are very proud of our trees and we are very pleased that Kirton will once again be joining the many other towns, villages and shopping centres who will enjoy solar-powered Christmas lights this year.

“Not only will they brighten up the town, they do not need wiring into the mains and there are no running costs, so they offer a cost-effective display that won’t impact on the environment.”

Other places to have ordered solar-powered Christmas trees this year include Herne Bay in Kent, Solihull in the West Midlands and Liverpool.