TREE TIME: Mary St business owner, Tony Goodman, gets ready to start decorating trees in Mary St ahead of next month’s Winter Trees on Mary event.
TREE TIME: Mary St business owner, Tony Goodman, gets ready to start decorating trees in Mary St ahead of next month’s Winter Trees on Mary event. Craig Warhurst

Trees along Mary Street rug up for winter

TREES do not usually dress up but that changes next month with a community event called Winter Trees on Mary.

In the engine room of the event is Mary St businessman and Bella Casa owner Tony Goodman.

Mr Goodman came up with the idea earlier this year hot on the tail of success with similar Mary St events centred on Easter and, earlier, Christmas.

Winter Trees on Mary brings Gympie's main street to life on July 22 with a day of decorating trees up until 4.30pm before a street event between 5pm and 9pm, showcasing tree decorators' handiwork.

Forty-five trees have been earmarked for decoration by a number of Gympie schools and community clubs.

Keeping things fair, trees were allocated using a ballot system.

Mr Goodman is a passionate advocate of Mary St and hoped another community-based event would continue to spark an interest in Gympie's central shopping hub.

"(The event) will go a long way to putting heart back into Mary St, which is operating in one of the most harshest of economic conditions that has been seen in a long time," he said.

Trees of different heights and sizes will be decorated and Mr Goodman is throwing down the challenge.

"Please make it as creative, colourful and unique to your organisation," he said.

Once trees are decorated during the day, the evening viewing and celebrations will be supported by Mary St businesses.

Nearly all businesses are expected to open for the night, including cafes and the new wine and tappas bar, Dish.

Gympie Theatre will perform on the Mary St Centre Stage while there will be a Beanie and Mitten Parade.

Buskers will strum to their own beat while horse and cart rides are tipped to be a major drawcard for children.

Gympie Regional Council is involved in the planning and participants decorating trees are asked to adhere to guidelines to ensure trees are not damaged.

Decorating requirements

Tree must not be damaged. Timber, bark, leaves, flowers or seed pods must not be removed or damaged. Materials must be attached using stitching, velcro or wrapping methods .No electrical wiring, wire ties, nails, drawing pins, staples or staple guns, glue, laminated signs of paint.

Plastic should not prevent the tree from breathing.

Decorations need to be durable to withstand wind and rain.

Suitable materials include weather-proof fabric, wool, yarn, felt, hessian, raffia, sisal and string

Garden hose, polypipe, stockings, wide fabric tape and strips of fabric are useful fixing materials

Maximum height from a tree's base is 2.2metres

For safety, participants are asked to keep two feet on the ground when decorating

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