New life for old Christmas trees

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Don’t fret about what to do with your real Christmas tree once the festivities are over and needles are shedding all over the floor. For the second year, the retail team from St Michael’s Hospice will be offering a Christmas tree collection service, picking up trees from all over Hastings and Rother on the weekend of January 11/12.

For a small donation (minimum donation of £5 per tree is suggested) they can collect your tree from your doorstep and take it away for recycling. What could be simpler? Don’t forget to take off your tinsel and decorations first!

The trees will be donated to Port Lympne Reserve. “The recycled trees will be used for building shelters for a variety of animals and as enrichment for the big cats, who love using the pre-loved trees as scratching posts,” said Carole Thomas, communications and PR manager.

“The retail team are looking forward to the New Year challenge of picking up tired Christmas trees,” said Chris Jones, head of retail. “We are delighted to be working again this year with Port Lympne. What a fun and rewarding way to give your old tree a new lease of life.”

To sign up for the Christmas tree recycling scheme and make your donation please visit the website or call the St Michael’s Hospice Donation Centre on 01424 728728.