Holly and her ivy! An enormous 600ft-long plant turns a humble office into winter wonderland every Christmas… And it’s being looked after by someone with a very apt name!
- The botanical beast started life as a modest office plant a few feet high in 2009
Some sorry staff have to make do with a threadbare plastic tree and a few battered baubles harking from a 1970s office attic.
But this monstrous 600ft long ivy turns a humble Gloucestershire workspace into a winter wonderland every Christmas.
Decorated with thousands of lights and ornaments, the huge specimen drapes its leaves over every desk at packaging specialists Protective Solutions Limited in Stonehouse.
But the botanical beast started life as a modest office plant a few feet high in 2009 – and is said to grow six inches a month, now covering every corner of the 50ft by 25ft open-plan space.
Meanwhile, aptly-named office administrator Holly transformed the ivy this year as she and colleague Mary took around two days to adorn it with 3,000 fairy lights.
Holly and Boss Des hang baubles on the large ivy plant in the Gloucestershire workspace
The house plant has taken over the office space of Protective Solutions in Stonehouse
It has been growing for 10 years and is now estimated to be over 600ft long
Bosses Allie Brennan and her husband Des bought the ivy as a small potted cutting in 2009
Decorated with lights and ornaments, the huge specimen drapes its leaves over every desk
Ali Brennan, co-owner of PSL with husband Des, said: ‘It took about two days to decorate in between working.
‘It was decorated by sales office administrators Holly and Mary, whose names are coincidentally very Christmassy.
‘We’ve been decorating it for Christmas for at least five years since it’s been big enough to hold up decorations.
‘It makes it feel very festive every year. It has brightened the place up decorating it and I don’t want it to come down.’
Holly Wright said: ‘It’s nice to come into work and do something fun and festive.
‘You have to be very careful with where you hang baubles just in case.
‘Some people have been knocking their heads on them.’
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