Christmas Tree recycling scheme collections
Christmas Trees were collected from residents after the twelfth night and then recycled at an Ashington farm to provide material for use on local footpaths – all for a minimum donation of £5 per tree.
Trees were collected from most of the RH20 postcode including Pulborough, Storrington and all the surrounding villages – Fittleworth, Nutbourne, West Chiltington, Thakeham, Coldwaltham, Watersfield and Amberley.
426 trees were collected raising £2,600 which are being donated to Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice, Turning Tides, Family Support Work and other charitable causes supported by Rotary.
All the trees are chipped with the residue ready for use. The chipping operation was undertaken by Rob Dakin of Findon Valley Tree Care who donated his fee to the charities.
Storrington and Pulborough District Rotary Club
Rotary’s project coordinators, Mark and Lynn Foss said “We are really pleased with how the project went and the very positive comments by many residents. We had a large number of new customers this year and we anticipate more trees next year.
“For a small donation, residents can avoid all the inconvenience and mess of transporting trees to the tip or burning them, knowing that they will have a ‘green ’end use and that very worthwhile charities will benefit in the process.”
Storrington and Pulborough District Rotary Club is grateful to all of its partners in this venture including Findon Valley Tree Care; to the participating Christmas tree retailers (Squires – Washingon; Tates – Old Barn Nursery; Big Plant Centre – Ashington and British Garden Centres – Pulborough) and particularly to all the local residents who supported the project.