For Farleigh Hospice, 2018 was the fourth year collecting Christmas trees and what a bumper year it was!
With more than 50 volunteers they managed to collect and shred over 2,000 Christmas trees. The shredded trees have been donated to Chelmsford City Council to spread over the local parks.
It was a large operation with volunteers and local businesses from across the county helping out. Volunteers from The Church of Jesus Christ the Latter Day Saints handed out teas and coffees keeping everyone refreshed and DF Clark Landscaping worked non-stop chipping and shredding all the trees.
Volunteers came from Essex Highways and Chelmer Marquees, local sports clubs such as the Hyebridge Swifts Football Club. Many organisations and local people generously donated their time and equipment to make the event a massive success.
The collection which took place on the 6th and 7th January has grown year on year from its humble beginnings of 400 trees in 2014. This year the collection raised £18,328.22 for Farleigh Hospice with donations going to two local charities – Age UK who received £957.84 and The DengieProject Trust who received £957.85.
Farleigh Hospice is already planning to extend the collection further in 2019 to Braintree.