Niftylift’s Christmas tree is tallest structure in Milton Keynes over festive period

At 30m high the tree has been visible from all points across the city

By Olga Norford
Friday, 31st December 2021, 1:16 pm
Updated Friday, 31st December 2021, 1:18 pm

If you live in or around Milton Keynes, you may have noticed the Niftylift Christmas tree, which has been on display outside its Shenley Wood world headquarters since the beginning of December.

The Niftylift Christmas tree, which made its debut in 2016 (and has been displayed every year since), was conceived to give Niftylift’s local community something to enjoy in a uniquely ‘Niftylift’ way. Since its first appearance, the display has improved each year and this year’s tree has been no exception.

But did you know that at 30m high, the Nifty Christmas tree stands as one of the tallest structures in Milton Keynes over the festive period and with Shenley Wood being one of its highest natural locations, can be seen from sites all around the city.

The star took a special installation team eight hours to wrap and is covered with 6250 LEDs

The ‘tree’ is made using three Niftylift HeightRider 28 (HR28) Hybrid work platforms. Each HR28 is wrapped with 3,200 LEDs, a cable run of 400 metres, and takes Niftylift’s team about eight hours to wrap, per machine.

That’s a total of 1.2 km of lights with 9,600 LEDs on the tree alone.

For many families, the star that sits atop the tree is the most important decoration of all and this year Niftylift took its star to the next level with a full-spectrum RGB colour changing spectacular.

Using a state-of-the-art computer-controlled system, Niftylift’s new star displays any colour or combination of colours you can imagine, and if that wasn’t enough the star can display them in dynamic constantly changing patterns.

The Nifty star is a custom-made structure, designed in-house by Niftylift and is the UK’s first full-colour 3D star with 14 points. Each individual LED on the star is mapped in 3D space and can be controlled independently and this is how it can produce its different patterns and in virtually any colour in the visible spectrum.

The star took a special installation team eight hours to wrap and is covered with 6250 LEDs, a cable run of 625 metres, which really helps it to stand out against the Milton Keynes skyline at night.

Roger Bowden, Niftylift's founder and Chairman said: “Niftylift has been in Milton Keynes for more than 35 years and during that time we’ve grown to become a successful and sustainable British manufacturing company, investing in technology and infrastructure and offering many new employment opportunities in the area. We want to continue to play an active role within this wonderful community and I would like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year from all of us at Niftylift.”

Some facts/stats on the Nifty Christmas tree and star:

> 30m – total height (tree and star)

> 17,100 - LED count (tree and star)

>1,950m (~ 2 km) – LED cable run (tree and star)

> laid end-to-end horizontally, would reach from Niftylift (Shenley Wood) to Furzton Lake

> laid end-to-end vertically, would be taller than: 6 x London Shards, or 6 x Eiffel Towers, or 2 x Burj Khalifas (the world’s tallest building)!

>72 person-hours – total time to wrap tree and star

> Only 5.5 amps – total power usage at full brightness.