Residents can now recycle Christmas trees and give to a worthy cause

Release date: 10 December 2018

Cotswold District Council is joining forces with Minchinhampton-based Longfield Hospice to take the strain out of recycling Christmas trees for residents. 

Even if you haven’t bought your Christmas tree yet you can still make plans to recycle it after the festive period and help Longfield Hospice charity at the same time.

The doorstep collection scheme, now in its second year, will help support people with life limiting illnesses across Gloucestershire.

Every year the Minchinhampton-based charity provides free-of-charge support and care to more than 700 people across the county. A team of volunteers who have signed up to the tree recycling scheme will pick up unwanted trees in return for a donation to help Longfield continue its care.  In the Cotswold District, the trees will be taken to Dobbies Garden Centre for shredding and then composting.  

Ali Russell, Chief Executive at Longfield, says,

“By donating your tree to Longfield, you are saving yourself the work involved in recycling while supporting people with life-limiting illnesses and their families. All of our services are provided free of charge and we can only do that with the community’s generous support.”

Commenting on the Longfield offer, Cllr Sue Coakley, Cabinet Member for Environment at Cotswold District Council, adds,

“With the season of goodwill approaching, it is great to learn that volunteers from Longfield will be able to help recycle Christmas trees and I hope many Cotswold residents get behind this campaign.

The suggested minimum donation is £5.

Please register your tree before 6pm on Sunday 6 January. To book a collection (registrations are OPEN now) and make a donation, visit www.charityxmastreecollection.com

Anyone without internet access who wishes to arrange a collection can do so by calling Longfield on 01453 886 868. 

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NOTES

Cotswold residents who wish to recycle their trees themselves can take them to Batsford Garden Centre in Moreton-in-Marsh (GL56 9QB), Dobbies Garden Centre near Cirencester (GL7 6EU) or Wyevale Garden Centre in Lechlade (GL7 3DP).   All three will accept trees for recycling from Tuesday 2 January until the close of Sunday 13 January. 

Those who subscribe to our garden waste recycling service will be able to recycle their used Christmas trees by placing them in the relevant bin. Please ensure that the tree is broken into manageable lengths so that it will fit comfortably in the bin.

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