Midlothian Council initiative is just tree-mendous

Midlothian Community Hospital and every care home in the area will have a real Christmas tree in their grounds thanks to a new initiative by Midlothian Council.

Thursday, 3rd December 2020, 6:49 am
Chargehand arboriculture Tote Campbell and lighting supervisor Wayne Clark from Midlothian Council install a tree at Cowan Court in Penicuik

The trees have been donated by Will Muir, of The Smiddy Farm Shop in Blair Drummond, and will be delivered and installed by the council’s land and countryside team to all care homes, both private and council-run.

Council leader Councillor Derek Milligan said: “Care homes have had a particularly harrowing year. Some residents have passed away, others have been very ill, and many more have been unable to see their loved ones in person as care homes had to close their doors to visitors.

“We wanted to do something that would lift the spirits and bring some much-needed cheer to residents and staff during the current restrictions.”

Lights have been donated by Bonnyrigg Community Events Committee and the trees will be decorated by school children from across the county.

Councillor Milligan thanked employees from across the council for working together on the project,

He added: “Teams from health and social care, lighting, education and land and countryside have pulled together to make this happen within a relatively short timescale.

“I’m very proud of our workers and their response to the pandemic. They’ve continued to put communities at the heart of everything they do and managed to keep services going in a year like no other.

“Many thanks to Will Muir and everyone involved. We hope the trees will bring young and old together, spiritually if not in person, and give us all a glimmer of hope for 2021.”