Now the evenings feel undoubtedly colder and darker, Bristol’s streets need some much wanted illumination. Luckily for Redcliffe residents, they can bask in the glow of two new tree light installations this autumn and winter. Due to be switched on this month, they will illuminate key pedestrian areas within the city.
The tree light project from Redcliffe & Temple BID sees the return of last year’s popular tree lighting along Victoria Street. As a main pedestrian route, it was first installed in December 2021 to offer a feeling of safety during the darker evenings. A prominent line of nine trees lit the walkway all of last winter, lighting the way for those traveling in and out of the city centre.
As it returns for a longer period this year, it is joined by new tree light installations in Temple Gardens. A total of fifteen trees will light up the gardens, offering a more enjoyable experience to anyone on an evening stroll or just cutting through green space on their way home.
Both tree light installations will be switched on from 4pm until midnight every night. This will continue until the end of March. But the installations will be a repeating permanent fixture of the area going forward every winter. The use of low energy LED lights on the tree light installations should ease any environmental concerns too.
“Since the lights on Victoria Street were first installed, we’ve received positive feedback from businesses and the wider community, highlighting how they have changed the look and feel of the street,” said Steve Bluff, Head of Redcliffe & Temple BID. “We have been looking for opportunities where adding some extra light will make a real difference to the area and the lighting in Temple Gardens will do just that.”
While we certainly celebrate this news, to not only make our streets more sparkling but safer. We welcome further initiatives to make Bristol’s winter nights more enjoyable for locals. There are, luckily, plans to extend this project in the future however. To keep up to date, we suggest heading to Redcliffe & Temple BID’s website.