Each year, the collection volunteers pick up the real Christmas trees and recycle them in aid of local hospices. It is a fun filled festive event that brings communities together and raises a huge amount of money for deserving local hospices.
From 15th November, you can register your Christmas tree for collection. The only rule? Just make sure it’s real! The volunteers collect the real trees which are recyclable and can be shredded into chippings to be used locally in parks or woodland areas. In some areas, the old trees are planted in sand dunes to prevent erosion or into the landscape around local reservoirs to improve the habitats for the local wildlife. Want to know more? Below, is our step by step guide on exactly what happens during the #ChristmasCharitreeCollection…
- Register your tree from 15th November for collection! Click here to go to our registration page where you can enter your postcode to book in your tree. You can visit our ‘Who we support page’ to find a list of collections and the postcodes which are eligible for collection. There is no cost to register your tree, however we do welcome and appreciate a charitable donation which will go towards your local hospice and other local charities. After you have registered your tree, you will receive a confirmation email which will confirm when your tree will be collected.
- When you've registered your tree, please spread the word and tell your friends, work colleagues and family and help us raise a tree-mendous amount of money!
- Here comes the fun part…now that you have bought your real Christmas Tree – decorate it! But just make sure you remove all those baubles and decorations before we collect it!
- Once Christmas is over, it’s sadly time to take down your tree. However, it isn’t all gloom and doom that Christmas is over because that means the #ChristmasCharitreeCollection is just beginning!
- The helpful volunteers from your local hospice will collect your tree from outside your home. Some collections are taking place over the first weekend in January, the 5th and 6th and others are collecting some days later or the following weekend between 10th and 13th January. Just remember to put your tree out nice and early on the morning of your collection. If you’re interested to find out more about the collection in your area, click here where you will find a list of all the hospices we support.
- The volunteers will take your tree to an organised drop-off point where it will be recycled professionally and safely by local tree surgeons and the chippings are environmentally reused.
Everyone including local businesses, communities and individual volunteers donate their precious time and services to the Christmas tree collection and without them these collections could not take place.
The collection in January 2018 was our best yet with a huge £231,530 in donations going to hospices and local charities. 23,662 trees were collected and recycled by hundreds of volunteers up and down the country. We can’t wait for what promises to be an even bigger and better collection in January 2019. If you’re interested in being part of our 2019 collection, click here.