Trafalgar Square Christmas tree could be REPLACED with new one from Norway

The famous Trafalgar Square Christmas tree could be replaced with a new one after it was branded “flea-bitten”.

Norway’s Oslo Council is set to vote on whether to send London a new tree after Brits complained that this year’s looked sparse – leading Westminster City Council to claim the branches were “social distancing”.

And it made Londoner’s jokingly question if we are at war with Norway, who have gifted London with a tree each year since 1947 as thanks for Britain’s support during World War II.

But this year’s 24-metre tree prompted widespread disappointment from Londoners and has been compared to the infamous Marble Arch Mound.

One Twitter critic said: “Where’s the rest of it? It’s gonna need a lot of tinsel to jazz that up!”

Read more: Furious Norwegians slam Londoners making fun of Trafalgar Square Christmas tree and say ‘it’s the thought that counts’

Another Twitter user said: “So the UK is at war with Norway now?”

Oslo council’s opposition leader Anne Haabeth Rygg told The Times she does not think a new tree will arrive on time.

She said: “I’ve seen pictures of the tree looking sad and it shouldn’t.

“The Brits played an important part in helping us win the war and this is supposed to be a symbol of appreciation.”

She said the tree looks a bit worse for wear because of the journey from Oslo to London and suggested the council could give London some money to buy a new tree instead of sending another that may not arrive on time.

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A tweet from the tree’s official account, run by Westminster City Council, said: “I would like everyone to know that half of my branches are not missing… They are social distancing.”

The council hosted an official lighting of the tree by the lord mayor of Westminster on Thursday (December 2).

The Trafalgar tree is not the only one to have caused a stir this year.

The City of London recently unveiled a Christmas tree made from rubbish while ‘Britain’s wonkiest Christmas tree” puzzled shoppers after it was erected in Evesham, Worcestershire.

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