You Can’t Polish One…

…but you can stick a Christmas tree in the middle of it.

There’s no denying that Greenwich is a total mess at the moment – building sites, hoardings, rubble, broken foot tunnels (I note there’s not going to be any way of walking or cycling across the Thames east of Rotherhithe this Christmas Day – the council refers to it as Christmas ‘arrangements’) and  cuts we haven’t seen for a generation, but we do have a giant Christmas tree. 

And what a fine tree, too. So much better to have a huge, real fir tree than that rather odd teepee of lights that we’ve had the past few years – but to be honest with all the cutbacks I wasn’t even expecting that. I’ve been trying to get a picture of it by night, but my camera isn’t having any of it, so here it is in the day time bearing an uncanny resemblance to this year’s Tate Christmas Tree (I’m not convinced commissioning someone who hates Christmas decorations was a great idea, but then they are the Tate, I guess…)

I absolutely love it but a tree this size won’t have cost twenty quid down at B&Q. I’m guessing that Greenwich Council didn’t fork out for it, given they nixed the fireworks. But if they didn’t, who did? Greenwich Hospital? The Greenwich Foundation? The Cutty Sark Trust? Sammy Ofer? Frank Dowling? Some other individual? I think we should be told – so we can shake them by the hand and thank them heartily.

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8 Comments to “You Can’t Polish One…”

  1. Jack says:

    I quite liked the teepee of lights, actually: it looked great from the boat, especially with the green dome of the foot tunnel glowing next to it.

    I really miss the green dome :(

  2. Benedict says:

    Cor, a real tree and snow, must be like living in A Christmas Carol…..

  3. Ian says:

    We have to get over to the isle of dogs on Christmas day and we have no idea what to do. I think it’s outrageous to have closed the tunnel completely. Surely they could have left the stairs open?

  4. S says:

    Don’t know if you’ve already heard abt this one, or this might be stale news…

  5. scared of chives says:


    How does anyone get anywhere on Christmas Day?!

  6. Mazer says:

    Slowly Greenwich is getting back on its feet again, scaffolding is off Nelson road and a few new places have opened up. I am really looking forward to the completion of the Maritime Musuem extension and the revamp of the uninspiring Greenwich pier and return of our beloved Cutty Sark. We will be able to hold our head up high again in time for the Olympics as long as the evil ones lose their bid to trash the market, and the park isn’t ruined of course by the masses…

  7. Cosmin on the Heath says:

    I’d check again folks, my info tells me the tunnel will be open over the festive period!

  8. What’s your info, Cosmin? The Greenwich Council site says it will be closed.