A Sheffield man has made his wife’s unusual dream of having a Christmas tree planted on a roundabout come true - with a little help from his community elves.
Forget perfume or jewellery, the Christmas present Joanne Palmer, 45, told her husband Kevin she wanted this year was to have a tree put up on the roundabout island in Bocking Lane at the heart of Greenhill.
After receiving permission from Sheffield Council to put the tree up, Kevin set about trying to make Joanne’s Christmas wish come true, enlisting the help of contractor Amey, as well as a number of local businesses.
And on Friday, a tree donated by Amey was put up, with fairy lights provided by the Ferndale Garden Centre, much to the delight of Joanne and the rest of the Greenhill community, many of whom turned out to see the tree’s lights switched on for the first time.
“It looks brilliant. It’s my Christmas wish,” said Joanne, of Westwick Road.
“The village I’m from in Wakefield always has a Christmas tree on the roundabout there, which is a tradition, and it always looks so pretty, which is why I wanted one here.
“When Kevin asked me what I wanted this year I jokingly said I wanted a Christmas tree on the roundabout - and he’s made that happen!
“I think it’s great, especially the way people have pulled together to donate different things for it.”
Kevin’s nine-year-old daughter Claudia says seeing the tree up on the roundabout has also been a Christmas present for her.
She said: “It’s going to make Christmas extra special.
“It’s going to be the best Christmas ever now!”
From the wire to hold the tree steady provided by Key Hardware, to the free lunches from Rob’s Fish and Chips given to the workmen who put the tree up, the Greenhill community pulled together to try and make Joanne’s Christmas dream come true.
And thanks to Amey also planting a new Christmas tree on the roundabout, this is a festive tradition set to be enjoyed by people living in Greenhill for many years to come.
Kevin said: “Now a tree has been planted on the roundabout, when Claudia’s older and it’s fully grown she’ll be able to say my dad did that!”
Jeremy Willis of Amey said: “As a team we were more than happy to help Mr Palmer in his challenge to bring some Christmas atmosphere to Greenhill.”