How does it work?

We will be collecting trees from Saturday 8th January until Wednesday 12th January 2022. Unfortunately, registrations closed on Tuesday 4th January 2022.

Your tree will be collected by our wonderful volunteers. As we’re unable to specify a collection date or time, please ensure your tree is left in a clearly visible, accessible and unobstructed location outside of your property by 8am on Saturday 8th January 2022.

Our volunteers are unable, under any circumstance, to enter your property (e.g. house, garden, shed). If we cannot see your tree, we will leave a calling card to let you know we visited. Please note that we are only able to collect trees 7ft and under.



How will your tree be recycled?

We have partnered with several wood chipping companies who have kindly agreed to chip those trees which are unpotted. Wood chippings can be used for biomass boilers, to provide shelter and layering for farmyard animals and in some cases can be turned into BBQ charcoal which is then sold from local farms.

If you would like us to collect a potted tree, this will be replanted by Rudies Roots Nurseries in local woodland.


Helen Lofts' story

Helen Lofts was an outgoing, cheerful, courageous and kind young woman who sadly died, age 31, on 2nd January 2019 after being diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in March 2018.

Jane, Helen’s mum said, “Helen was visited weekly by the St Barnabas Hospice at Home nurses, who were just so lovely. A physio also came out to see her and was able to sort her out with equipment. There was one point where Helen was just so desperate for a bath and the physio arranged for her to get to the St Barnabas Inpatient Unit and have a nice bath there. I can remember how happy this made Helen, and I’m so grateful that St Barnabas was able to help her in this way.”

Helen and her husband, Chris, got married in May 2018, but had to put their honeymoon on hold whilst she was undergoing chemotherapy. Once they learned the cancer was incurable, a friend decided to start a Crowdfunder to raise enough money to send their family to Disneyland one last time. This raised an incredible £6,020.

Jane said, “The St Barnabas nurses gave Helen the confidence in her ability to be able to go to Disneyland when she was so poorly. Helen refused to let her cancer stop her living life to the full and she had the most amazing time on her last holiday.

“It’s every parent’s worst nightmare to lose a child, but I’m holding on to such special memories of Helen. She was always the life and soul of the party and so much fun to be around.”

Read more about Helen's story

Thank you

On behalf of the nurses at St Barnabas Hospice, I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has donated for their tree to be recycled. This is a fantastic scheme that provides much-needed funds so we can continue supporting our patients each year.

Anything you can donate is much appreciated, and I ask that you consider the size of your Christmas tree when deciding how much to donate.

Have a peaceful Christmas and a happy New Year with friends, family and colleagues, and thank you once again for your support of the Hospice.

Ally Brown


What your donation means to the Hospice



would allow us to care for and support a terminally ill patient in their own home for one hour.



would fund a virtual bereavement support session for a family struggling to cope with losing a loved one.



would pay for a doctor to spend time working out a personalised pain relief medication plan for a patient.