Christmas Tree Recycling
Click here to register your tree or fill in one of the forms which you can find at one of our hospice shops or our hospice registration.
**Registrations will close at 3:30pm on Thursday 4th January to enable us to process the routes for collection.**
All you need to do is make sure that your tree is left in your designated place before 8am on Saturday 6th January (without it’s decorations or lights of course!) your tree will be collected sometime before 5pm on Monday 8th January.
Please contact us before 10.30am Tuesday 9th January if your tree is still there just in case we’ve made a mistake and missed you.
Also, if you would like to volunteer and help us with the collections, please scroll down the page for more information.
We need Tree Recycling Volunteers!
We do need many volunteers to help us fulfil this epic recycling mission, so if you are in a position to help us in any way then please do get in touch.
Do you or anyone you know have a van that would be suitable to fit Christmas trees in and some spare time (between 6th – 8th January 2018)? We need each van with a driver and a drivers mate to navigate (so maybe you could offer to help as a mate if you don’t have a van!) Or maybe you know a company who might want to help us on our next Christmas Tree recycling challenge? Last year along with all our fantastic volunteers we had Amey plc help us out with around 10 vans with drivers, plus Enterprise Rent-A-Car lent us a couple of vans too.
Could you bake cakes to keep all these drivers going on their epic trip around our area?
Why get involved?
In 2017 we organised 32 rounds for 16 vehicles. We made over 1,350 individual collections, from over 800 different roads and recycled over 10 tonnes of trees.
We had volunteer drivers, navigators, crew, supporters, chefs, coffee-makers and biscuit-bakers. Meals were on the hoof, chocolate ‘goodie’ snack bags turned up in each vehicle, our chefs provided lunch which was devoured as though people hadn’t eaten in weeks! We suspect that the day was rounded off with a couple of beers in the pub!
Did we have fun? Most certainly! Who managed to lose a tree from the back of a pick-up? Who got the biggest tree? Who went the furthest for a tree? Who left a tree behind (still up with all its decorations on in the front window!!)? How many of us were accosted on the route with extra trees to collect by people still in their nightwear – what time do you get up on a Sunday?! How many times did we have to run down a street chasing trees being blown away by the wind?
The commitment and camaraderie of a marvellous team of volunteers of all ages makes it all worthwhile. The generosity of spirit of those from whom we collected – your grateful comments sustained us and your wonderful contributions to the cause will help the Hospice considerably. However, the beer and hot bath at the end of each day was oh so welcome!