European city forced to tear down embarrassing Christmas tree for being ‘ugly’

A Christmas tree in a Swiss city has been pulled down for being “too ugly”, according to local reports.

The tree was erected outside La Chaux-de-Fonds’ train station, but after a social media backlash it was removed and composted.

Critics branded the festive fixture, which did not even make it into December, “horrible” and “sad”.

Describing how the sorry-looking tree made them feel, one social media user said: “I hesitate between deformed and rickety”.

Another added dryly its sparse leaves are “perhaps to symbolise the storm” which hit the city on July 24.

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Nancy Kaenel Rossel, head of the retail, town centre and tourism sector said of the tree: “Following the storm on 24 July, it was decided not to cut any fir trees from the affected forests of La Chaux-de-Fonds.

“The municipality of La Sagne generously offered to donate four fir trees from their forest.

“Our forest ranger wanted to show that the trees had suffered a lot of damage in July, and that this damage will be visible in the forests for several years to come.

“Every tree is precious, which is why the city has been giving priority for some years now to the preservation of existing trees on public land, so as not to sacrifice more trees than necessary.”

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