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Appeal to bring back town centre Christmas tree in High Barnet
Shopkeepers have started an appeal to bring back a town centre Christmas tree and add festive spirit to the area.
Businesses in High Barnet are appealing for donations and sponsors to help pay for a large fir tree and lights after going without one last year.
Previous trees have been funded by the London mayor’s Outer London Fund and St John the Baptist Church but money was too tight to buy a tree in 2012.
This year, shop owners are looking to the public for cash and have placed collection pots in numerous shops as well as seeking sponsorship from the town’s bigger businesses.
The appeal is aiming to raise at least £300, but organisers say up to £600 could pay for a suitably large tree, as well as decorations that can be reused in future years.
Michael Kentish, treasurer of the Barnet Business and Traders’ Association, said: “The tree is an attraction that makes quite a difference to the town centre. It creates a good feeling and without one it feels bleak and empty at Christmas.
“Everyone is strapped for cash at the moment so we thought people may like to help pay for it. If people make donations rather than just throwing in their loose change we could rapidly collect the money.
“We have already had some interest from a high street bank that could offer a contribution so we’re hoping to get a good size tree and some quality decorations.”
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