An army of volunteers collect Christmas trees to support Longfield Hospice

An army of 115 volunteers and a fleet of 55 donated vans collected 2,203 trees from across Stroud district, Cirencester and Gloucester in just four days from homes, businesses and schools who donated generously in support of their local hospice. And this year the Christmas tree collection has raised a staggering £22,408.11 for Longfield Hospice and other local charities.

Fifteen businesses supported the collection including RED (Robert Express Delivery) Ian Williams, Lloyds Bank, TSB Bank, Mira, Clarkson Evans, Turnkey Constructions, GE Aviation and Brace generously donating vehicles, support and equipment.

They kindly loaned vans and a lorry to transport the Christmas trees from all of the drop locations to the chipping site in Thornbury. Businesses also provided volunteers to help with the collection and organising the chipping of the trees.

Ermin Plant Hire in Gloucester donated the use of a chipper for one week which enabled the charity to keep down the cost of the collection campaign. The chippings will be used by lawn care company Lawn Doc.

The collection was supported by Stroud District Council. Cllr Simon Pickering, chair of Stroud District Council’s environment committee said: “This is an incredible result and illustrates that people are keen to recycle when they are provided with the opportunity. 

“As well as helping the environment, the scheme offered the added bonus of supporting a worthwhile cause and it is good to know that the money raised in the county will support those who live here.”

Extract from Stroud News and Journal.