Charities join forces to deliver Christmas ‘Treecycle’
Two of Stoke-on-Trent’s most well know charities have announced that they are joining forces again to deliver their annual Christmas Tree collection service.
Caudwell Children, and Douglas Macmillan Hospice, will stage their ‘Treecycle’ collection from Monday 8th to Sunday 14th January 2018.
This will be the fourth ‘Treecycle’ campaign in the city and it will once again see a team of staff and volunteers, from both charities, collecting unwanted Christmas trees from the ST1-ST6 postcode areas of Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle-under-Lyme.
Trees will be collected in return for a charitable donation. Last year the average donation was £7.50.
Andy Bailey, from Caudwell Children, says the ‘Treecycle’ is an invaluable service for residents in the designated postcode areas. As he explained: “Disposing of your unwanted Christmas Tree can be a real inconvenience.
“Fitting it in the car, getting lose needles all over the seats, queuing to get into the tip, it’s something that you can do without.
“Our Treecycle campaign takes away all the hassle! We’ll come directly to your door to take your unwanted tree away leaving you with time to relax and unwind after the excesses of Christmas.”
Last year’s ‘Treecycle’ saw a team of dedicated volunteers collecting over 700 yuletide evergreens, which were then recycled and turned into mulch before being used across the regions country parks.
“The Treecycle scheme is great for the environment,” said Andy. “The mulch from the trees is added to the soil to improve its health, reducing weed growth and enhancing the visual appeal of the area.”
Those taking part in ‘Treecycle’ will be given the opportunity to pay for their collection in advance, meaning the whole operation can run more efficiently than previous ‘Treecycle’ collections. As Andy explained: “In previous years we’ve picked the charitable donation up at the point of collection, but this year you can donate in advance, online.”
All monies collected will be shared between both charities and Andy says people should be confident that every penny will go towards both causes. As he concluded: “All the vans used in the collection have been donated by local firms which means that there will be no cost in operating the service, which is great news for those that the charities support.”
You can register and pre-pay for Treecycle online here.
You can also register during office hours by ringing Andy Bailey on 01782 600867.
(Please note that the office will be closed from 5pm on Friday 22nd December, 2017, until 9am on Tuesday 2 January, 2018).