Overgate hospice doubled their Christmas tree collection this year, collecting just over 500 Christmas trees in various Halifax postcodes and raising £4,842.75 for the hospice.
Of the total monies raised from the collection (after costs), a donation of £538.08 is being made to the Friends of Calderdale Countryside. The old Christmas trees were taken to Ogden Reservoir. The trees with roots were planted and those without roots were used to create a border around the reservoir. The border helps to prevent anyone from accessing the water – keeping people safe while still enjoying the beautiful area. The trees also help to create a habitat that is used by different birds, mammals insects and plants to breed, grow and develop. It is a fantastic example of recycling and giving the old and unwanted Christmas tree a new lease of life!
Ogden Reservoir which is set high in the Pennine hills is part of the Ogden Water Local Nature Reserve. The reservoir is over 160 years old and was originally designed to power mills in the Wheatley Valley. Nowadays, the reservoir is used to supply drinking water to Calderdale and other local areas.
The Christmas tree collection offers a fantastic opportunity for volunteering within the local community and Overgate Hospice received tremendous support from the following organisations - Ogden Reservoir, Bells Tree Surgery, Andrews Professional Tree Services, DD Porter, the Calderdale Youth Offending Team, Ripponden Parish Council, The Old Bridge Inn Ripponden, and The Fleece at Elland.