Johnstown has many dark spots in public spaces that can be enhanced during the darker winter months to create temporary features that lift community spirit.
These installations are quick, effective, but expensive! Without mains electricity supply they'll never compare with household displays but we think they make a fantastic temporary addition in public spaces.
Plan for 2023
The extended display planned for 2022 will see lights added in November around the trees opposite the Johnstown Shopping Centre in the same way as the trees on the Bailis Downs Green.
The display was cancelled due to the cost of living crisis coupled with the cost of electricity rising and it was felt to be inappropriate in the circumstances.
With the help of local residents we repeated the lights at Bailis Downs and this time Santa invited local residents to be there for the switching on. Reminiscent of people holding hands the ring of lights symbolises our community coming together even at a time when we're physically keeping apart.
The trees off Metges Road, on the Bailis Downs green, close to the roundabout were chosen for their prominent, yet dark, location.
In early December 2020 volunteers from the Bailis Downs estate assisted us in wrapping the trees with lights. Santa made a discrete visit under Covid restrictions to switch them on.
The Taylor's of Johnstown Walking Group switched on our first sparkling seasonal white lights feature on the Johnstown roundabout.
We had originally intended to decorate the central tree but it was not healthy and was later removed in 2020.
Sustainable Development Goals
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