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Have Yourself an Environmentally Friendly Christmas

Climate Change is a global crisis and we all have a personal responsibility to do everything we can do to help save the planet and make the most of natural resources we have available to us. And what better way to do this than by signing up to Just Helping’s Christmas tree collection service! Find out all the ways your tree could help the environment this year in our blog.

Climate Change is a global crisis and we all have a personal responsibility to do everything we can do to help save the planet and make the most of natural resources we have available to us.

While you may be aware of the amazing work Just Helping do to raise money for local hospices in your area by collecting unwanted Christmas trees, what you may not be aware of, is that by allowing us to collect your tree, you are also doing your bit for the environment too!

A real Christmas tree that ends up in landfill decomposes and produces methane gas, which is 25 times more potent as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide, according to The Carbon Trust. Burning a Christmas tree just releases the carbon dioxide it stored when it was growing.

Last year, Trinity Hospice in Blackpool used the unwanted Christmas trees their area to help a restoration project on St Anne’s Beach. The trees were planted on the beach as part of an ongoing restoration project to reduce the erosion of the dunes by trapping windblown sand and encourage the dunes to move seaward. The dunes also provide a unique habitat for many plants and animals and also act as an effective sea defence for the local community.

In 2018, some of the collected Christmas trees by St Kentigern’s Hospice were dug into sand dunes in Denbighshire. The trees were planted across 100 square metres at Barkby Beach in Prestatyn in order to stop the erosion to the area. The area lacks grass which would naturally hold the dunes together. Once the old Christmas trees became covered in sand, grass can be transplanted in the reinforced ground.

While animals including chimpanzees, bears and parrots at the Welsh Mountain Zoo received extra bedding and feed thanks to the donation of over 50 real Christmas trees collected as part of the Christmas tree collection, also in aid of St Kentigern Hospice.

If we can’t give away your unwanted tree to a local environmental project then we allow the trees to pile up, following which local tree surgeons professionally and safely, recycle your tree. The chipper machine can shred a tree in a matter of seconds. The chippings from the trees are used in lots of different ways such as for use on paths in gardens and parks or also for use as mulch on farmland.

If you have already signed up to donate your Christmas tree to us then thank you, you can enjoy your Christmas safe in the knowledge that you will be doing your bit for the environment as well as the 100’s of local hospices and charities we support. If you haven’t signed up – then what are you waiting for?

 

Photo credit: Dominick Solazzo