The last Christmas tree fire… Hoorn, The Netherlands

Hoorn, West-Friesland, Noord-Holland, Nederland, 4-1-2020 Tijdens de allerlaatste kerstbomenverbranding in de gemeente Hoorn komen mensen samen om hun kerstbomen te verbranden en van het grote vuur te genieten. De (vrijwillige) brandweer begeleid het vuur. En houd de mensen op afstand. (Photo by: Guillaume Groen / De Beeldunie )
Hoorn, West-Friesland, Noord-Holland, Nederland, 4-1-2020 Tijdens de allerlaatste kerstbomenverbranding in de gemeente Hoorn komen mensen samen om hun kerstbomen te verbranden en van het grote vuur te genieten. De (vrijwillige) brandweer begeleid het vuur. En houd de mensen op afstand. (Photo by: Guillaume Groen / De Beeldunie )

Kids bring the Christmas trees they found in the neighbourhoods to the Christmas tree fire. Some children asked their neighbours and came with more than one Christmas tree.
For every tree they bring they get a bag of candy and a lottery ticket.

For the past years, the municipality of Hoorn created a pile of old Christmas tree on the first Saturday of the new year. To be burned in a big bonfire, and I would bring my Christmas tree to the fire.
As a photographer, I have photographed the past years of bonfires. But unfortunately, this is the last one. The municipality decided that it would not be ok to provide a fire while asking the community to use less co2 and nitrogen.

So while this is the last one, the community enjoys a big fire while children are playing.

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