Leo (and @SophieDavis and @PeterBernards too) I’m sorry but that’s a ridiculous price. I understood that Lewisham usually pay about £500 for each of our Christmas street trees.
But what I can confirm is that last year I and another local resident negotiated with a supplier for a particularly beautiful tree for Kirkdale (15 or 18ft if memory serves - again I need to check on my PC to confirm the height). What I am absolutely certain off is that that tree cost £150. I know it was a special price but if we can do it I would have hoped Lewisham could, especially as they buy so many.
[As an aside, as it happens the beautiful one that was picked out for us wasn’t the one that eventually got erected in Kirkdale, as Skanska stored it in their yard and it got switched for a rather threadbare tree that the Council had obtained for another position. Yes, I do know where our very beautiful tree ended up but even the rather threadbare changling was a welcome centrepiece to the Kirkdale celebrations.]
If we’re paying thousands to Skanska per tree then that’s a crazy contract the Council has gotten us into.
Just to give a bit of background for those who weren’t at that meeting (June or July) when we talked about the Christmas trees: we had been discussing street trees in anticipstion of a talk Stuart was going to give at the assembly (and a very interestingcand inspirational talk it was @stuart checkley) and I asked if we could have a living Christmas tree for Kirkdale for this year, so that it could liven the street scene year round and be decorated for other events. I was told no but that a standard tree had been budgeted for Kirkdale for this year. I then said I would try to help look for a sponsor for a living Christmas tree for 2020. Of course there’s not time to do that now for 2019.