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Christmas Tree Recycling

Recycle your Christmas Tree

About the Collection

The 2020 collection will take place between Thursday 9th & Sunday 12th January 2020.

Click here to register your tree or fill in one of the forms which you can find in any of our local hospice shops and at our hospice reception.

Please take care entering your email address, once you have registered your tree you will receive an acknowledgment email, please get in touch if you do not get this as the transaction may not have completed properly and we will not be looking for your tree!!

**Registrations will close at 5pm on Monday 6th 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 Thursday 9th January without its decorations and lights of course! Your tree will be collected sometime before 4pm on Sunday 12th January.

Please contact us before 10.30am on Monday 13th January if your tree is still there in case we’ve made a mistake and missed you.

Any problems please visit our FAQ section  email [email protected] or you can call 01524 382538 during office hours.

Also, if you would like to volunteer and help us with the collections, please scroll down the page for more information.

book your tree!

Frequently asked questions


St John’s Hospice treats people with life shortening illnesses and provides four clinical services: an inpatient ward, hospice at home team, clinical nurse specialists and a day therapy centre.  We also offer many other services such as bereavement support, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and social workers. Together these provide wrap around care for patients, their families and carers.

It costs £14,077 per day to keep St John’s open. The NHS contribute around one third of this, leaving us to raise over £9,000 every day this year in order to continue to care for patients and their families.

Our team will be working throughout this Christmas and New Year providing care, compassion and support from Grasmere to Garstang, from Sedbergh to Morecambe at home and in the hospice.

The Christmas Tree Collection really helps to raise these much needed funds.

In January 2019 our Christmas Tree Collection raised over £23,000.00, which helped to help meet the fund-raising need for £9,000.00 per day towards running costs.  Over 2200 individual collections were made using 25 vans with support from over 30 volunteers each day and over 10 tonnes of Christmas Trees were responsibly recycled. Some great local businesses have helped to collect and mulch the trees too!

We also make a % donation to local charities out of the money raised, so by supporting this initiative you are also helping more local people. In 2019 we made donations to North West Blood Bikes, Morecambe Bay Foodbank, Lonsdale Scouting Groups, the local MNDA support group, the local Parkinson’s Group & Animal Care

Here are some examples of how your donations can help the hospice.

  • £6-£12 could be spent on a book to help a child cope with the grief they are struggling with from the death of an adult, or help them prepare for the bereavement of someone close to them.
  • £7 will buy a patient a lovely lunch, drink and a delectable dessert, high quality food can make a real difference to our patients health.
  • £20 will pay for one hour of therapy for a patient or someone who is caring for a patient. Feedback tells us people often find complementary therapies help them feel better and cope with having illnesses and treatments which in turn encourage relaxation, reduce stress and help to relieve anxiety.
  • £30 will pay for time and materials for a nurse and patient to make a personal “Patient Keepsake Box” so that the family will have a lasting and lovingly made memory of the person when they pass away.

We need Tree Recycling Volunteers!

We could not manage to take on this epic recycling mission without help from our many volunteers and local businesses including EDF, Amey, ENWL, CATS, Dennis Rowlandson, MR Tree Surgery, Barden Biomass, Sapphire Utility Solutions and many other generous individuals.

Maybe you have a van that would be suitable to fit Christmas trees in and some spare time (between 9th & 12th January 2020)? 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?

Or maybe you could bake some cakes to keep all our drivers going on their epic trip around our area?

If you think you could help and fancy giving a bit back after the excess of Christmas then please do get in touch with the fundraising team on 01524 382538 or email [email protected]












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