Trafalgar Square Christmas tree mocked for being a bit of a sparse spruce

Visiting the Trafalgar Square Christmas tree has been a festive tradition for Londoners since the Second World War.

But those that have been to see it being put up this week have been left a little concerned for the tree’s welfare.

Pictures show the huge Norway spruce – cut down in November before being transported to London – looking a little thin.

Concerned visitors took to Twitter as the tree was erected in central London on Tuesday, with one person simply tweeting: ‘RIP’.

Another said: ‘You look a bit thin, you been dieting?’

The famous tree is usually around 60 years old and stands at more than 20 metres high, and is chopped down in a ceremony attended by the Lord Mayor of Westminster, the British ambassador to Norway and the Mayor of Oslo.

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It then travels to the capital via boat and lorry and stands in Trafalgar Square until early January, when it is chipped and composted to make mulch.

Forest certification organisation PEFC tweeted pictures of the tree being felled and prepared for its journey, confirming it is harvested from a PEFC Certified forest.

The tree is given to Britain by Norway as a thank you for support during the Second World War, and has been gifted in this way since 1947.

In the past, it has been described as looking ‘like a cucumber’ as the lights are hung vertically, following Norwegian tradition.

The official Trafalgar Square Tree Twitter account – which charts its journey from the forests of Norway to the centre of London – didn’t appreciate the comments on its looks.

It tweeted yesterday: ‘I thought I’d left the trolls behind in Norway!’

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Crowds are invited to gather at 6pm for the light switch-on.

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