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Looking back on the Christmas tree collection 2017

It’s that most wonderful time of the year again, a time to look back at all the amazing work achieved by the volunteers from the hospices and local community groups and businesses and see what has been achieved this year. During 2017, there were 25 collections up and down the country, from Carlisle to Bath, Lincoln to Chelmsford, and all the way to North Wales, with the volunteers collecting an amazing 13,054 trees and raising more than a whopping £150,000!

Why not watch our overview of the Christmas tree collection 2017 here.

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The Christmas tree collection experience by the Derwent Lions

During 2016, our Lions Club were exploring new projects that would provide a service, increase the profile of Lions in our area, and potentially generate some funds to enable us to help more worthy causes. A chance conversation at work by a recent new member coincidentally lit the blue touch paper that would help us ignite this aim!

Lion Jon had heard about raising funds by collecting and recycling old Christmas trees. Was this something we could trial in 2016? After a bit of internet digging, Lion Tony made contact with JustHelping. 

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Christmas trees helping to protect the sand dunes

The dunes on Barkby Beach are a Site of Special Scientific Interest and also a Special Protection area because of the important biodiversity.

They are home to the last seabird colony of little terns in Wales and are important for sand lizards, natterjack toads and rare orchids.

Mr Davies said the council hoped interpretation boards providing information and a new boardwalk system through the dunes would help people to enjoy them without causing damage.

Christmas trees are also being used in the reconstruction of sand dunes about four miles along from the beach, at Talacre in Flintshire.

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St Ann's Hospice receive a belated Christmas bonus

St Ann's Hospice has received a belated Christmas bonus, long after the tinsel was packed away. 

The hospice has been given an £11,246.41(including monies given from HG Scouts and St James Church) donation from national charity Just Helping which organises Christmas tree collections in aid of 25 hospices throughout the UK.

Many volunteers from local Sports clubs and Stockport based community groups collected 1,340 trees locally for recycling as part of the JustHelping Christmas tree recycling initiative.

 

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For enquiries about Christmas tree collections, please go to Who We Support.