More than 1800, lights have been put on Britainâ€™s tallest Christmas tree , enabling it to be used as a beacon for planes landing at nearby Gatwick Airport . Standing at around 110ft tall, the giant redwood at Wakehurst Place near Ardingly, West Sussex, is the UKâ€™s largest living festive tree. It was first decorated outside Wakehurstâ€™s Elizabethan mansion 23 years ago, and was planted in the 1890s as one of the first exotic trees on the 500-acre estate. It takes a team of arboriculturalists all day in two cherry pickers to put up the LED bulbs and remeasure the tree at Wakehurst, a National Trust site run by Kew Gardens. PA
Lighting up: It’s a big job putting all the lights on the UK’s biggest Christmas tree Wakehurstâ€™s director Tony Sweeney said: â€œThe tree is approximately 120 years old and weâ€™re expecting it to have grown around a foot. “The tree has great vitality and it will continue to grow at an impressive rate for many more years to come.â€ PA
Big boy: The tree is about 120 years old The tree is one of Wakehurstâ€™s great survivors, weathering the Great Storm of 1987 and many other gales since, including Storm Barney this week. Following the decoration and testing of the lights, the illuminations will be switched on on December 4 to mark the start of Wakehurstâ€™s Glow Wild Lantern Festival. PA
Light up: The tree will be used to guide planes into Gatwick From then, the lights will be lit from 6am to 8am and from 3.30pm to midnight every day, and stay on over Christmas until Twelfth Night.