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Monday, 30 December 2019

The Christmas tree made from old bikes and scrap metal

https://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/christmas-tree-made-old-bikes-17433457

The tree has been put up in an industrial estate in Newport, Wales



A Christmas tree made from old bikes and scrap metal is catching the attention of locals in Newport, Wales.
The dazzling tree has been put up at a waste disposal firm on an industrial estate.
The creation was originally built some years ago by workers, and it took about three weeks to make.
Workers didn't put the tree up last year, but decided to bring it back to life because locals were asking where it had gone.
Oliver Hazell and some of the other employees gave it a lick of paint and put it up especially, Wales Online reports.
Oliver, who was also part of the team involved in putting it together, said: "We were going to build a Christmas tree out of scrap, because we'd already built quite a few things out of scrap - sculptures and stuff.

"Looking around, we saw the bikes and had the idea of the rear wheel being like a bauble, so we sprayed all the frames green, took all the handlebars off, took the rear wheels off and sprayed them different colours and then put them all back on.
"There was a lot of painting, a lot of hours went into it.
"We started with big bikes and slotted down to smaller bikes at the top.
"We've got fabricators on site - it was a big team effort and we used local scrap yards.
"We just made it for a bit of fun, really."
The 30-year-old, who runs GD Environmental on Nash Road, said: "It's reuse, rather than everything going to waste.
"And people locally love it.
"We didn't realise it was known, we didn't put it up last year because it needed some love, so we resprayed it this year and rewelded some bits and lit it up better this year. They kept asking when it was going up.
"We put fairy lights on it this year, rather than just lighting it off the building so it does stand out more."
The reaction from locals has been really positive, Oliver says.
"People have been stopping by, taking pictures saying how much they love it."

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