RESIDENTS are being urged not to throw away their used Christmas trees after the festive period this year and instead take advantage of a new service from Queenscourt Hospice.
The deadline for collection is fast approaching
In a new fundraising initiative, Queenscourt have created a service where in return for a donation volunteers will collect and recycle real Christmas trees from homes and businesses within post code areas of PR8 and PR9.
A spokesperson for Queenscourt Hospice said: “This service will take place on Saturday, January 14 and Sunday, January 15 just after twelfth night and we are working with JustHelping a charity that provides general support and also the online system necessary to effectively run the collection.
“Once registered you just wait for the Queenscourt volunteers to arrive to remove your real Christmas tree and take it to be chipped and recycled.
“So you have the peace of mind that your tree is being disposed of in an environmentally friendly way.
“Dobbies Garden Centre is sponsoring this event and we really appreciate this support, it’s great to have a household name helping a local community charity like Queenscourt, we also have great support from other businesses from the local community.
“Paul Crabtree and Sons based in Tarleton will be chipping all the trees we collect, they are tree felling experts so we’re in safe hands. Eric Formby of E A Formby ltd landscape gardeners will be donating a van and team of volunteers for the collection.
“The rest of our volunteers are being provided by the Merseyside Fire and Rescue Community Risk Management and Prevention team.
“We also have the support from Giles Gottig of D’vine Catering Southport who will be providing refreshments for all the volunteers.”