Prague’s Christmas Tree Will Live On as Furniture For a Retirement Home

The Christmas and New Year holiday season has ended with the arrival of Three Kings Day on Jan. 6.

Employees of the municipal company Technologie hlavního města Prahy will start dismantling the Old Town Square tree, a process that will take several days.

Like last year, it got decided that Prague’s main Christmas tree will live on as furniture for a retirement home.

The furniture for the senior home will be created by students from the Jarov Secondary Vocational School who are studying gardening and carpentry.

For his part, the director of the school, Miloslav Janeček, explained that they will cut it into planks and then dry them at school.

Subsequently, their carpenters will make furniture out of it – wardrobes, tables, or garden benches are all under consideration.

The 22-metres tall tree originally came from the village of Dolní Černá Studnice near Jablonec nad Nisou and had to be cut down because it had grown to a large size and began to pose a threat to a nearby road.

The new furniture is a symbol of the city’s recycling and sustainability efforts.

Councillor Vít Šimral also voiced his satisfaction with this project, noting the importance of recycling materials: “The result is perfect. I am glad that the tree will be used ecologically in this way and does not end up in a landfill or incinerator. It would be a great pity. We now see how such materials can be used for further use. Ecology issues are crucial for our students and remain relevant.”

 

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