Home-owners have the chance to support a leading charity by signing up for its Christmas tree recycling service. East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) is running the environmentally-friendly fundraiser in partnership with Just Helping in Suffolk, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire.
It has expanded its collection area and will be calling at homes across the region. Trees are collected and recycled and, in exchange, residents are asked to make a donation.
Tina Burdett, EACH Community Fundraising Manager, said: “Last year’s tree recycling service generated a phenomenal, record-breaking £23,000.
“The team collected nearly 2,200 trees across the three counties and that was around 300 more than January 2022. It was an amazing team effort and now we’re hoping for more of the same, and a similarly positive response, this time around.
“The money we raise goes a long way to helping us continue our vital work and our thanks, in advance, go to everyone across the region who signs up for the service.
“We’re fortunate to have such outstanding public support and hope people find this service genuinely useful. We take the tree away, recycle it and that means no hassle, no waste and no needles in your car!”
The suggested donation is £20 and registration opens today (15th November) and closes on 7th January (earlier if over-subscribed).
The collections will then take place on 11th and 12th January in Norfolk, Suffolk and the Ely area and 12th and 13th January in the Huntingdon area.
The service covers a large number of postcodes, including Norwich, Wymondham and Dereham, in Norfolk, Ely, St Ives and St Neots, in Cambridgeshire, and Hadleigh across to Felixstowe, up to Stowmarket and Halesworth, in Suffolk.
To find out if your area is covered, head here and enter your postcode. You will also find a list of frequently asked questions. EACH organised its first tree recycling service in 2020, although the only collections were in Huntingdon. It raised around £4,000.
The service had to be cancelled because of the pandemic the following year, although generous members of the public still made donations totalling £14,000.
Adrian Flux is kindly sponsoring the Norfolk Christmas tree recycling and Jackson Civil Engineering is sponsoring the project in Suffolk.