Christmas trees wanted for good causes

9:26am - 30 December 2021

People in North Somerset are being encouraged to donate their real Christmas trees this New Year to one of three local organisations.

Following the success of the scheme last year, once again this January the council will be working with Noah’s Ark Zoo and Farm, St Peter’s Hospice and Weston Rotary in support of Weston Hospicecare and asking people to give their trees so that they can be repurposed 

Cllr Mike Solomon, the council's executive member for community and neighbourhood services, said: "North Somerset Council are very pleased to be supporting the Christmas tree scheme once again this year. It’s a great way to support local communities and charities, while following a sustainable approach. Instead of just becoming another waste item the trees are repurposed and are used again as a valuable resource. This is all done locally which helps cut down on transportation and carbon emissions and supports our commitment to the climate emergency.

"Last year's collections raised over £26,000 and I am hoping the three organisations will raise even more this year."

Most of the trees are chipped for land regeneration and some are donated for animal enrichment within their habitat.

Noah’s Ark Zoo and Farm in Wraxall are accepting trees between 2 and 23 January. They should be left in the main car park during zoo opening times (10.30am to 4pm). 

Weston Rotary Pines for Pounds are collecting trees for Weston Hospicecare on Saturday 8 January in the BS22, BS23, BS24 and BS49 postcode areas. There are 1000 slots available. 

St Peter’s Hospice are collecting in BS4, BS5, BS7, BS9, BS15, BS16, BS20, BS21 with a limited collection in BS41 and BS48. 

Christmas trees can also be taken to recycling centres. Check online for advice and opening times 

Residents signed up to the garden waste collection service can also put their trees out for collection when the service resumes on Monday 17 January. Trees can either be chopped up and put in green waste bins or left whole alongside the bin. They can be up to two metres in length and must have the pot and all decorations removed.