The Nifty tree rises again

By Euan Youdale19 December 2017

 Nifty christmas tree and star

NiftyLift has erected its Nifty Christmas Tree again this year outside its headquarters in Milton Keynes, UK. 

The ‘tree’ made its debut in 2016, with the aim of providing something Niftylift employees and the local community could enjoy. Positive feedback from both led to the company’s decision to repeat the display in 2017. And this year, it has gone one better with the addition of a Nifty Star at the top of the tree.

Standing at 30m, the Nifty tree is one of the tallest structures in Milton Keynes and with Shenley Wood, the company’s base, being one of the highest locations in the area, it can be seen across the city.

The Nifty tree has been created with three of the manufacturer’s Height Rider 28 (HR28) Hybrid platforms wrapped in Christmas lights. Each machine took seven hours to wrap and is covered in 1920 white LED lights.

The star is a custom-made structure, designed in-house and fabricated by Border Engineering, which also fabricate the steelwork on Niftylift baskets. The star took five hours to wrap the with 900 green LED lights, that are held in place by 25 end caps, also designed in-house and produced using a Niftylift 3D printer. Together, the tree and star have more than 6,600 lights.

Roger Bowden, Niftylift’s founder and chairman commented, “Niftylift has been in Milton Keynes for more than 30 years and we’ve grown to become a successful and sustainable British manufacturing company, offering many new employment opportunities to the area.

“We remain committed to playing an active role within this wonderful community and I wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a very happy New Year.”

A video telling the story behind the tree can be found here.


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