Residents in King Charles’ model town of Poundbury slam ‘disappointing’ Christmas tree

A poorly lit Christmas tree has caused consternation at King Charles’ model village of Poundbury, as eco-friendly solar powered lights failed to impress residents.

Locals were blown away by the lights adorning the 30-foot tree, which are solar-powered, and the lack of decorations.

The traditional tree should take pride of place in Queen Mother Square, Poundbury, near Dorchester, this festive season.

The recent cloudy and cold weather has caused the tree to look even more dimly lit.

The'disappointing' Christmas tree in Poundbury. Local residents have criticized the dimly lit tree and lack of decorations

The'disappointing' Christmas tree in Poundbury. Local residents have criticized the dimly lit tree and lack of decorations

The ‘disappointing’ Christmas tree in Poundbury. Local residents have criticized the dimly lit tree and lack of decorations

A spokesman for the Duchy of Cornwall said more decorations will be added to the tree in the coming days

A spokesman for the Duchy of Cornwall said more decorations will be added to the tree in the coming days

A spokesman for the Duchy of Cornwall said more decorations will be added to the tree in the coming days

Harriet Moorby, 77, is a longtime resident of the town and always looks forward to the Christmas decorations.

She said: “I’m really incredibly disappointed. We waited for the lights to arrive and when they finally did it’s just a single string of lights that you can barely see.

“When visitors drive past Poundbury, Queen Mother Square can be clearly seen and right now we’re wasting a beautiful tree.

“I don’t know why the local schools have not been contacted to make decorations as that would have been nice.

“We’re all struggling financially this year but it’s important to stick together as a community and that would have been possible had we known in advance how bad the ad was going to be.”

Roommate Tim Limbach, 67, said how disappointing it was that no nearby businesses had sponsored the tree.

He added that he didn’t understand why the lights put up were solar powered.

He said: “The Duchy of Cornwall is responsible for the tree and they put up some lights but I wouldn’t say it was decorated.

“The ones on the tree are solar powered and because it was so cloudy they barely light up at night.

The tree is managed by the Duchy of Cornwall. Residents reached out to local businesses to see if they would sponsor more decorations after their disappointment (file image)

The tree is managed by the Duchy of Cornwall. Residents reached out to local businesses to see if they would sponsor more decorations after their disappointment (file image)

The tree is managed by the Duchy of Cornwall. Residents reached out to local businesses to see if they would sponsor more decorations after their disappointment (file image)

Founded in 1992, Poundbury is King Charles' vision of a utopian idyll. It is scheduled to be completed by 2025 (file image)

Founded in 1992, Poundbury is King Charles' vision of a utopian idyll. It is scheduled to be completed by 2025 (file image)

Founded in 1992, Poundbury is King Charles’ vision of a utopian idyll. It is scheduled to be completed by 2025 (file image)

“I tried to contact nearby Waitrose to get some lights on but they politely declined.

“As the heart of the community, it’s such a shame it looks so miserable.”

Richard Filer posted on social media: “Does it have light? Looks like the tree was just pinned up and left behind!’

Edwina Idles, a spokeswoman for the Duchy of Cornwall Estate, said a delay in the delivery of decorations was the reason for the disappointing tree.

“Unfortunately there has been a delay in the delivery of some lights for the tree. The lights have now been delivered and the tree will be fully decorated in the coming days.’

Poundbury is King Charles’ vision of a utopian idyll where private and affordable housing mixes with boutique shops, jobs and services such as the local school and medical center within walking distance.

Construction began in 1992 and it is scheduled to be completed in 2025, when it will have 2,500 homes and 6,000 residents.

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Brian Ashcraft

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