PEOPLE in Tamworth are being invited to go green for 2019 by recycling their Christmas trees in aid of St Giles Hospice.
By taking part in the annual St Giles Treecycle campaign, families and businesses can recycle their trees in a convenient, environmentally-friendly way while helping to support local hospice services at the same time.
St Giles Hospice Fundraising Events Manager Chloe Herbert said: “Treecycle is a fantastic, popular fundraising event which helps people to get rid of their trees and raises money to support our vital work. It’s so easy – you can book a place online and we can take away any size of tree.
“You don’t have to be in when we call round and you don’t have to cut up your tree. Just leave it outside your home and we’ll do the rest. Nobody wants to get needles all over their car, so why not book your collection and get your old tree taken away without the fuss and mess?”
This will be the fourth year that St Giles has run its tree collection service. In January 2018, Treecycle picked up 1,678 trees from 1,254 locations, raising more than £11,000 for St Giles, which supports people with a potentially incurable illness and their families.
Volunteers will be collecting and chipping Christmas trees from homes and workplaces in Lichfield, Burton, Sutton Coldfield, Tamworth, Walsall, Rugeley and surrounding areas between Monday January 7 and Friday January 11.
You can book a Treecycle collection online anytime between now and 12pm on Friday, January 4 by visiting the St Giles Hospice website at www.stgileshospice.com/christmas-treecycle
Everyone who signs up will be notified of the collection time for their area by January 5 once the applications have closed.
Minimum donations are £5 for trees up to 8ft tall and £10 for trees between 8-10ft tall. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a special collection for trees 15ft tall and over.
St Giles Hospice is advising people to book early to avoid disappointment and calling on people who used the service last year to spread the word among friends and neighbours.
Organisers are also reminding donors that the Treecycle service – supported by local company Lichfield Tree Works Ltd – is unable to chip fake trees. The chippings from real trees can be recycled and will be used by Greener Composting in Wall, Lichfield. Treecycle is also supported by DHL.
Jane and Nick Meade, of Lichfield Tree Works, have supported the hospice Treecycle since it began in 2015. Jane’s mum had previously been cared for at the Whittington hospice.
“Mum was incredibly well looked after at the hospice and we were offered amazing support throughout her stay,” said Jane.
“She knew towards the end that she didn’t have long to live and wanted to die at home so the St Giles team did everything to make that happen with the Hospice at Home team there for all of us.
“Supporting the Treecycle is our chance to help support a cause which helped our family so much when we needed it.”
If you would like to volunteer to help with Treecycle this year please get in touch with the fundraising team by emailing email@example.com or calling 01543 432538.
For more information about St Giles and the care it provides, please visit www.stgileshospice.com