Collective brings back Cornwall Christmas tree

Members of the Cornwall Community Police Service, Cornwall Fire Department and Black & McDonald put up a large Christmas tree Dec. 1, 2015 outside the justice building on Pitt Street in Cornwall, Ont. The tree was a collective effort by several community groups, lead by Brian Snyder and Neil Dixon. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)

CORNWALL – After a brief hiatus, a large Christmas tree now adorns the square outside the justice building in Cornwall.

It came through the donation of time and services from a number of groups, said Cornwall Community Police Service Sgt. Brian Snyder Tuesday.

Black & McDonald helped put up the tree when it was delivered at 10:30 a.m. along with the Cornwall Fire Department with their aerial truck. They were still at it early in the afternoon.

“Downtown DBIA bought us all brand new lights so it’s all a collective,” Snyder said.

The 24 foot tree came from Strathmore Orchard and Winery in Monkland. “And then Metro Towing picked it up and brought it down for us so it’s very much a community tree,” Snyder added.

A Cornwall firefighter on the aerial truck talks with people on the ground Dec. 1, 2015 as a collective group puts up a Christmas tree outside the justice building on Pitt Street in Cornwall, Ont. The tree is back after police officer Brian Snyder and city employee Neil Dixon worked together to get several community groups to donate time and resources. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)
A Cornwall firefighter on the aerial truck talks with people on the ground Dec. 1, 2015 as a collective group puts up a Christmas tree outside the justice building on Pitt Street in Cornwall, Ont. The tree is back after police officer Brian Snyder and city employee Neil Dixon worked together to get several community groups to donate time and resources. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)

He said the city didn’t have one last year so he and a city employee, Neil Dixon, got together a devised a plan to bring some greenery back to the square for the holidays.

Snyder said it was a lot more difficult than he anticipated. “The timing, the coordinating and getting people to do it.”

“I think it’s important that we have one. And you know what, it might be the only tree some people see. Some people may not be able to afford a tree,” he said.

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