Summer is over and the kids are back at school, and while some of you may be shouting that you don’t want to hear the word ‘Christmas’ just yet, we’ve been talking about it for months.

You’ll soon see work starting in the Market Place, as we prepare for this years’ Christmas tree!

To do this, we need to replace the existing Christmas tree pit, which is on its last legs and due for an upgrade.

A Christmas tree pit is the equivalent of a base or stand at home – it keeps the tree upright and in place.

When it’s not in use, the tree pit has a cover placed over the top, with paving slabs as well, blending it seamlessly into the pavement.

Work is taking place to dig out foundations; six metres square, and two metres deep, with the actual tree pit approximately 900mm square at the surface, before the tree arrives later in the year.

Work to create the new pit will last for approximately five weeks, and will reduce the need for additional safety measures around the tree.

Councillor Mick Barker, Cabinet Member for Governance and Licensing said:

“Christmas is a brilliant time of year; everyone’s spirits are lifted, and cities come to life. We are looking forward to announcing Derby’s Christmas plans to be announced soon, but in the meantime, this piece of work is an exciting first step, and we thank people for being patient during any disruption.”