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Charity Christmas tree collection expected to top last year

Christmas Tree Photo: PA

Christmas tree collection is expected to top last year – with over 600 islanders already signed up for the charity scheme.

The annual tree recycling programme has already picked up speed and is expected to beat last year’s total of £30,000.

The Christmas Tree Collection and Recycling Scheme has raised over £200,000 for Jersey Hospice Care since it was first established.

Tree team (from L-R): Trevor Parker, Charlotte Glenn, Joanna Hewlett, Sacha Patel Credit: Christmas Tree Collection Scheme

Every year, volunteers collect and recycle families' Christmas trees, in return for a donation to Jersey Hospice Care.

The tree team hope the recycling scheme will encourage islanders to think about the environment, as well as the charity the scheme supports.

Last year, 14 tonnes of trees were recycled and 21 vans with over 50 volunteers circulated the roads of Jersey to pick them up.

14
tonnes of trees
21
vans
50
volunteers
£30,000
raised for charity

Joanna Hewlett, a loyal Christmas tree collection volunteer, thinks the "scheme is a great way to pull the community together in a considerable fundraising effort".

All the funds go to a worthy cause and it has the added benefit of helping the environment too

– Joanna Hewlett, Head of Human Resources, Aztec Group

The scheme is supported by the States of Jersey Department for Infrastructure, who turn the trees into soil improver for gardens and farmland on the Island

Islanders can register for their tree to be collected and recycled by visiting www.jerseyhospicecare.com.

Collection dates will be Tuesday 3rd and Wednesday 4th January for business collections, and Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th January for residential collections.