Christmas tree recycling up 20% in New Forest

Christmas tree recycling up 20% in New Forest

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 12:43pm 11th January 2019.

The District Council says record numbers of festive trees have been taken to their collection points for chipping this year.

The authority's set up eight places in the District, including one in Fordingbridge, where we can dispose of real Christmas trees responsibly.

With just a couple of days left until those collections come to an end, they've already had over 3,600 trees taken to them.

That's up 20% on the numbers recycled in the New Forest last year.

In fact, it's been so busy that the District Council's had to draft in extra staff and machines to do the chipping!

 

Christmas Tree recycling New Forest District Council January 2019
It's been a busy couple of weeks for the team recycling trees at New Forest District Council

 

Grounds maintenance supervisor Wayne Dawkins said:

"We have never seen this quantity of trees before. It is quite a mammoth job chipping them one by one: an average 7 foot tree takes around half a minute to chip, but unfortunately we are seeing more with lights and decorations left on. Stripping those adds at least another minute to each tree."

WHAT HAPPENS TO THE CHIPPED TREES?

The trimmed down trees are recycled by the District Council by their grounds maintenance team, used on council flower beds.

Wayne Dawkins said:

"We will be able to use all the mulch on the borders in our car parks to keep the weeds down through the year. Christmas tree chippings are highly acidic, so are a great natural way to suppress things like brambles and nettles as a one-off treatment."

Christmas Tree recycling New Forest District Council January 2019
Thousands of trees have been dropped off for recycling this year

WHERE CAN YOU TAKE YOUR TREE FOR RECYCLING?

The collection points will be open until this Sunday (January 13th), in the following locations:

  • Brockenhurst - Brookley Road car park
  • Fordingbridge - A338 slip road car park
  • Hythe - New Road car park
  • Lymington - St Thomas Street car park (on Powlett Road, behind Marks & Spencer)
  • Lyndhurst - Village centre car park
  • New Milton - Crossmead Avenue car park
  • Ringwood - The Furlong car park
  • Totton - Westfield car park

We're asked to make sure all decorations and lights are being taken off the tree.

Christmas wreaths can't be accepted because of the internal frame.

There's more information about the scheme on the New Forest District Council website.

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