Charted Horticulturist, broadcaster and founder of the Illumination Street campaign, David Domoney, urges Brits to “Light up our streets to lift our spirits this Christmas”. 2020 has been a year of challenge for us all and David believes that we deserve good cheer end the year with in positive spirit.
“2020 has been difficult for so many of us, the impact our mental and physical wellbeing has stretched many of us to breaking point and I feel that putting some lights up is in as gesture of goodwill to family, neighbours & visiting friends. It’s a light for everyday that we have lost time with our loved ones. It’s a symbol of remembrance for those that we have lost and it’s a tribute to the keyworkers (NHS staff, our emergency services, the delivery drivers, food retailers, carers and many others) who have kept things ticking over, whilst we wait for a vaccine”.
To urge Briton’s to take action Domoney has done two things – 1) set up Illumination Street, the campaign that encourages us to celebrate the lighting up of our homes and gardens at Christmas whilst rewarding those whose efforts raise money for worthy causes and 2) #IlluminationStreetWeek a social media driven activity that encourages people to share their lighting efforts whether large or small on the social media channel of their choice.
#IlluminationStreetWeek runs from 07/12/20 to 13/12/20 and households across Britain are getting involved by sharing their efforts and there are bound to be more jewels to be found.
The Illumination Street campaign is in full swing with hundreds of entries received into competition element of the campaign. Supported by British Garden Centres group the competition will give up to £5000 worth of gift vouchers to the top-rated category entries.
• Best Large Outdoor Display
• Best Small Outdoor Display
• Best Community Display
• Best Front Door Wreath Display
• Best Children’s Display
As British Summer Time has ended, and our daylight hours are getting shorter, leaving us with dark and cosy evenings, we are getting closer to the festive season and the joy it brings. Domoney added “Traditionally, many of us put up our Christmas lights at the end of November or start of December, but this year, we’ve seen stories of people putting up their decorations early, in fact as early as October, to get a head start on the festive feeling”.
And what better way to light up our path to the festive season than by brightening up our streets and uplifting our neighbourhoods with lighting displays that spread joy? Let’s show our support and gratitude for the NHS and other keyworkers than to light up their journey home. This Christmas let’s transform our communities into merry beacons of light to spread hope and joy. Spruce up your doorway, windows and front gardens with displays that will add some festive cheer to your street and make our keyworkers smile.
“I’ve always felt that Christmas is a beacon of hope that lights up the nation during the cold, dark winter months. And for NHS staff and keyworkers, how nice would it be to see their journey home brightly lit after a long shift? It’s this feeling that inspired me to create Illumination Street.”
Illumination Street gives people the opportunity to showcase their incredible efforts and encourage people outdoors. The aim of the campaign is to inspire the British public to celebrate the Christmas spirit by creating spectacular displays.
“Last year we saw stunning displays which were a real testament to community spirit, and we have high hopes for this year because we have seen the power that communities have when they come together. We’ve previously seen community gardens transformed from growing havens to Santa’s grotto and front gardens turned into winter wonderlands.”
“We have seen the country turn to their gardens for respite and solace this summer during lockdown, so why not continue that into the winter?”
And thanks to the generosity of the British Garden Centres group, I am able to award prizes to those stunning displays that lift our communities.
Use your gardens to create a festive display of colour and light and be in with the chance of winning a share of £5,000 worth of British Garden Centres group gift vouchers. Illumination Street entries open on 1st November and close at midnight on 13th December.