A real Christmas tree is a beautiful thing. But come the end of the Christmas period and the start of the new year, the tree no longer looks its best. Disposing of a real Christmas tree, the centre of your festivities, can be a bit of a pain. However, there are some options available in Cambridgeshire which enable you to help others at the same time.
Charities on hand last year
For example, last year East Anglia’s Children’s Hospital, (also known as EACH) operated a Christmas tree recycling scheme with Huntingdonshire District Council. All you needed to do was give a small donation to the charity and book a collection time for your tree during the set dates.
Arthur Rank Hospice ran a similar tree collection scheme for residents in Cambridge and surrounding areas (postcodes CB1, CB2, CB3, CB4, CB5, CB21, CB22, CB23 & CB24) There was a voluntary donation and you could then select your preferred time slot between 7th – 10th January for your Christmas tree to be collected. You had to register your tree by the 5th of January.
In Peterborough, Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice offered a Christmas tree collection service last year. They charged people a £10 donation to collect the Christmas trees between 8am and 7pm through a chosen date.
Options for this year
This year, charities are planning to offer the same service to raise money for their causes. However, with coronavirus restrictions and government guidelines, this is harder for some charities than others. To find out which charity in your local area is collecting trees, please visit www.just-helping.org.uk and you will find more details about Christmas Tree Collections.
Last year, local zoos and farms were also taking in old Christmas trees. In fact, Hamerton Zoo were turning them into toys and play activities for their animals. They shared some great photos of the lions having a brilliant time playing with old Christmas trees.
How will you be disposing of your Christmas tree when the festivities are over?