Government Christmas tree expenditure goes untrimmed

Government departments have come under fire for spending generous sums on Christmas trees while public spending is being pared back.

The Department of Health has spent £2,485 on a single tree for its south London headquarters, and a further £750 on three smaller trees in a Whitehall office, while the Cabinet Office has lavished £3,027 on three Christmas trees for its Whitehall offices.

According to a Cabinet Office representative: "The cost covers the delivery of each tree from a certified sustainable supplier, the decorations, installation, maintenance and disposal in an environmentally friendly way."

But according to Liberal Democrat charities spokeswoman Jenny Willott: "The Cabinet Office is supposed to be cutting back on waste and prioritising spending on front-line services and support, especially for charities – not wasting thousands on Christmas decorations. They had better be the biggest and most beautiful Christmas trees in the world for that price. Shame no one will be in the Cabinet Office over Christmas to enjoy them."

And shadow health minister Mike Penning said of the DoH expenditure: "This is astonishing at a time when you would expect austerity from the department.

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Sign up now
Already registered?
Sign in

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus

Read These Next



This huge but slightly odd genus offers multiple choices for the rock garden or alpine house, says Miranda Kimberley.

Horticulture education update - staying on course

Horticulture education update - staying on course

Raised levels of investment in horticulture education and increased student take-up is welcome news for the industry, says Rachel Anderson.

Are garden centres taking business from department stores?

Are garden centres taking business from department stores?

Can other garden centres learn from Petersham Nurseries and the fusion of retail elements in its new Covent Garden outlet?

Follow us on:
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • Google +
Horticulture Jobs
More Horticulture Jobs

Horticulture Week Top 100 GARDEN CENTRES

Our exclusive ranking of garden centre performance by annual turnover. 

Garden Centre Prices

Peter Seabrook

Inspiration and insight from travels around the horticultural world

Read more Peter Seabrook articles

Neville Stein

Business advice from Neville Stein, MD of business consultancy Ovation

Read latest articles