No one in Ladbroke’s on Plassey St  was taking any bets on when the collection of redundant Christmas trees on the pavement outside their premises would be removed (PDN reader photo)

On Twitter Emma Sands posted this picture of a “Christmas Tree graveyard in Penarth”

Hundreds of Christmas trees are still languishing –  uncollected – on the pavements of  Penarth despite the fact that the Vale of Glamorgan Council said they would be collected during the last week commencing January  8th .

Unwanted Christmas trees were to be seen huddled together on the corner of Plassey Street and Glebe St next to the bookie’s Ladbrokes

Emma Sands posted on Twitter a long line line of other castaway trees lying prone on a Penarth pavement – laid out at respectful intervals .

They may – or may not – be collected today

The “head” of the legendary Welsh king and giant Bendigeidfran rolls down the RNLI slipway in Penarth’s Hen Galan celebration commemorating the ancient Welsh (Julian) calendar’s official turn of the year – (Photo Coleridge 2016)

Meanwhile those Penarthians who still cling to the ancient  traditional Romano/Welsh Julian Calendar – (which had the New Year starting 11 days later than the Gregorian Calendar)  –  have been marking the start of 2018 with the ceremony of rolling the loquacious talking head of the former Welsh King (and giant)  Bendigeidfran into the Bristol Channel.

[PDN Note: the full, complex and  somewhat gory – background to the legend can be found in the compendium of Welsh folk tales – the “Mabinogion”  translated by Lady Charlotte Guest.

When the Gregorian calendar was introduced by Act of Parliament, Wednesday 2 September 1752 was followed by Thursday 14 September 1752. The consequent  “loss” of 11 days did not go down at all well in Wales . Some districts – notably the Gwaun Valley in Pembrokeshire – retained the use the old Julian calendar and its later date for the start of the new  New Year (Hen Galan) . The tradition had almost died out but is now being revived in many Welsh communities.]


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  1. Chris David says:

    Shouldn’t people be responsible for the disposing (properly) of their own Christmas trees?

  2. snoggerdog says:

    trees gone from the bookies at 1215pm today,sunday,but my neighbours still on pavement 1430.

  3. Old Penarthian says:

    Could you clarify proper Christmas tree disposal to a disabled OAP with no means of transport, when its the council, who failed their collection Duties/Date.

    • Chris David says:

      How did this person get it in then? Council deliver it?

    • snoggerdog says:

      from one old pen to another,buy a plastic one,think of it as a (new) family heirloom, & hand it down when you drop off your perch. frinstance my fairy is older than me & im a right old crusty (has never worn underwear,the fairy i mean)as for your present xmas tree toss it over your neighbours & deny all knowledge of it !

    • The Milkmaid says:

      How did the said disabled OAP acquire the tree?…

    • AK says:

      Perhaps by the same route as they got the tree in the first place ?

    • Dewi says:

      I don’t mean to be rude, but how did you get it into your house?

  4. Whatever says:

    Why? Couldn’t the same be said of any council service? Shouldn’t people be responsible for mowing the verges outside there houses? Sweeping pavements of leaves? Disposing of black bag waste?

    • wdytya says:

      In reply to Whatever ………..when the Council has been late cutting the grass verges and the grass was getting too high I have indeed cut the grass verge outside my house myself. Soon there will be no need to cut the grass as the Council are going to dig it all up and lay tarmac. The Council keep reminding us in their correspondence to “care for the environment “ perhaps they should apply the same standards to themselves!!

  5. wdytyablog says:

    If the Vale council is prepared to provide a Christmas tree collection service why should the Council tax payers not take advantage of this provision? When all the grass verges are dug up on Lavernock Road between the Harvester and Cosmeston Drive and replaced with tarmac then I would imagine redundant Christmas trees (currently left for collection of the grass verge) are going to cause a problem for cyclists/pedestrians when they are left on the new cycleway, especially in the late winter afternoons and all evenings as no street lighting in this area.

    • JohnPowell says:

      You’re right – if the council is prepared to subsidise families who can afford a real ( dead) tree every year, it should collect as promised. The end of Stanwell Rd by the junction with Cornerswell is not easy to pass as there are numbers of larger trees all over the footpath.

      Now, whether the Council should do this collection is a moot point! Personally I’d prefer this service to be the next to go, and let people who were able to get trees into tbeir homes in the first place take them back! No need for exceptions or exemptions, really – if you can get it in, you can get it out 🙂

      • V Mildew says:

        “let people who were able to get trees into their homes in the first place take them back” Some places will deliver your tree for free, so are you suggesting that they should collect them for free too?

      • snoggerdog says:

        your onto something,jp.

      • Glenn says:

        So I’ll take it back to Wasons then

  6. Wild West says:

    That photograph of the Welsh king’s head rolling down the slipway looks like something from Straw Dogs.

    • snoggerdog says:

      susan george, a fine actress,and handsome woman. ps.if i upset anyone by calling a female actress “handsome” i apologise unreservedly !

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