Christmas leylandi brings cheer at housing complex

Farding Lake Court residents and staff with councillors Tracey Dixon, Joyce Welsh and Peter Boyack around the Christmas tree.
Farding Lake Court residents and staff with councillors Tracey Dixon, Joyce Welsh and Peter Boyack around the Christmas tree.

A beautifully-lit tree is helping to bring Christmas cheer to residents at a South Tyneside housing plus complex.

A large leylandi tree adorning the gardens at Farding Lake Court in Marsden has been given a special festive makeover.

South Tyneside Homes worked with its partners within the council, Glendale and Balfour Beatty, to prune the tree and provide an electrical supply before dressing and illuminating it for Christmas.

The 1,500 low energy LED lights will now remain in place all year round and will be switched on each year over the festive season.

The initiative has been supported by the East Shields and Whitburn Community Area Forum. And it has been welcomed by the Whitburn and Marsden ward members, councillors Peter Boyack, Tracey Dixon and Joyce Welsh.

Speaking on behalf of the members, Coun Dixon, who is also the council’s lead member for area management and community safety, said: “The Christmas tree looks wonderful all lit up on an evening.

“It is sure to help spread a little festive cheer to the residents and their visitors over the festive season.

“The residents of Farding Lake Court have recently benefitted from a spruce-up of their outdoor space and have a fabulous new day room to enjoy.

“We were delighted to be able to support an initiative where they also have a beautifully-lit Christmas tree to view from their windows during these dark winter nights.

“Lighting the tree has been a real collective effort and we would like to thank all those involved in making it happen.”