Recycle your Christmas trees with Tree-cycle

25th November 2022

Two blonde women wearing green Christmas elf outfits standing with Christmas trees

Have you considered yet how to discard your Christmas tree in the new year? Let the elves at St Barnabas Hospice do it for you!

The charity’s annual Tree-cycle initiative is a great way to get rid of your unwanted tree after the twelve days of Christmas, in return for a donation so the Hospice can continue to provide outstanding care to people living with a terminal or life-limiting illness across Lincolnshire.

Chris Dunkley, Fundraising Officer at St Barnabas Hospice and lead elf of Tree-cycle, says: “Our team can collect your tree from outside your door and recycle it in the most environmentally friendly way possible. You’ll be supporting a local charity, making a green choice and you don’t have to worry about taking a trip to the tip or spend time vacuuming needles out of your car!

White van with illustration of Christmas tree and elves, with blonde woman wearing green elf costume opening car door“Tree-cycle isn’t just for individuals, businesses can also book to have their trees removed. All trees do have to be under 6 feet and if we are collecting multiple trees, we would be very grateful if your donation could reflect this extra work.

“We have partnered with several wood chipping companies who have kindly agreed to chip unpotted trees, these wood chippings can be used for biomass boilers or can be turned into mulch for gardens. We can collect potted trees as well; these will be replanted in local woodland by Rudies Roots Nurseries.

“It’s a tree-mendous offer and we expect to see a huge take-up!”

The team of elves will be picking up trees from Saturday 7th to Wednesday 11th January and this year they will be able to visit more villages and towns in Lincolnshire than ever before, thanks to increased support from local businesses and organisations.

Person wearing orange high visibility vest carrying Christmas tree over their head towards van

Chris continues: “Once you have booked your tree collection, we will aim to let you know which day we will be collecting in your postcode area. Please keep an eye on our social media pages for updates on this. We aim to make the process as easy as possible for all involved.

“Please ensure your tree is left in a clearly visible location, either at the end of your drive or outside your door. We are unable to enter your property, back garden or shed so please make sure the tree is ready for collection. And if we cannot see your tree, we will leave a calling card to let you know we visited, and we will aim to come back another time.

“We want to say a big thank you to all our volunteers and for the support we’re receiving from local businesses and communities, it  means so much to us to be able to offer this service and we look forward to another successful Tree-cycle.”

All donations for Tree-cycle will go towards the care and support of over 12,000 people in Lincolnshire. Here’s an idea of what a difference your donation would make:

Two women wearing clinical scrubs in purple and blue, and festive reindeer antlers and Christmas hat, standing in stairway£18.84 could allow St Barnabas to care for and support a terminally ill patient in their own home for one hour.

£37.32 would cover the cost of one hour of specialist inpatient care.

£57.10 can pay for our Bereavement Helpline to run for a day so we can give urgent support to those struggling with their grief.

Registration for Tree-cycle closes on Wednesday 4th January or when bookings reach capacity. To find out more and to book, ‘log’ on to:

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