Students and staff on stationary cycles power lighting display on tree

Cambridge Zero helps light up Botanic Garden for King's Coronation Concert

Students asked to represent Cambridge Zero took part in lighting up an ancient tree at the Cambridge University Botanic Garden on Sunday as part of the BBC's spectacular Lighting Up the Nation segment for the King's Coronation Concert. 

As part of the weekend of Coronation celebrations, on Sunday 7 May, 10 locations around the UK including
Cambridge University Botanic Garden, as well as landmarks in Blackpool, Sheffield, Cardiff, Edinburgh,
Newcastle and Gateshead, Cornwall and Belfast were lit up in a stunning live sequence called Lighting Up
The Nation.

Billed by the BBC as ‘a truly spectacular part of the Coronation Concert... a very special moment
for people all across the country to come together in celebration’, the Coronation Concert showcased the
country’s diverse cultural heritage in music, theatre and dance, with the amazing light display as a stunning
centrepiece using projections, drones, laser displays and illuminations to bring iconic locations to life.

The majestic Pinus nigra tree, which forms part of the Garden’s tree collection is located along the Garden’s
Main Walk and helps form the backbone of the Heritage Landscape.

On Sunday evening the tree and surrounding landscape was seen as never before – dressed in a stunning display of 12,500 lights, powered by 25 eco-bikes, ridden by Cambridge University students, Garden staff and volunteers to create a kinetic power display to highlight the King’s commitment to green energy and conservation.