Volunteer crews were out Sunday installing 50 winter seasonal baskets in the downtown area.
“We are asking for unwanted artificial Christmas trees again this year, ” said Carla Johnston of the DBIA (Downtown Business Improvement Association), who was on hand to help with the installations.
“Last year we were surprised to get 100 trees. In December last year, Downtown PG put out a call for people to drop off their unwanted, artificial Christmas trees. By late January over 60 trees had been delivered. By last spring, the inventory was over 100.”
The hanging baskets are a “milestone for a collaborative Downtown PG pilot project,” Johnston said.
“We were thrilled to partner with the Activator Society for a chance to engage another social enterprise group on a downtown project.”
The trees had to be disassembled, the branches sorted and then bent around wire frames. A few hundred painted white pine cones were also attached to the baskets. Crews learned the craft at a workshop lead by Don Basserman at the ‘Aghelh Nebun Community Residential Facility east of Prince George.
In late 2013, Basserman, a retired city councillor and local “green thumb” guy brought in a hanging basket that he had re-purposed from an artificial Christmas tree. His vision was to have baskets hanging throughout the downtown area, so that the neighbourhood could have baskets in winter as well as summer.
The baskets were hung starting at Seventh Avenue and ending at Third Avenue. Employees from the Activators Society constructed the baskets from last year’s unwanted artificial Christmas trees collected over the past 12 months. Art Knapp’s and McInnis Lighting helped with contributions towards supplies. Groundwork PG helped to hang the baskets.