09:02 Friday 03 January 2014

Centres unique plan to recycle Xmas trees

Written byROB SMYTH

Readers picturesNational Memorial Arboretum, by Kath Barlow Readers picturesNational Memorial Arboretum, by Kath Barlow

BOSSES at a centre of remembrance near Burton have come up with a unique use for unwanted Christmas trees.

Chiefs at the National Memorial Arboretum near Alrewas are urging people to not to throw away their real Christmas trees as the festive season draws to a close but to instead donate them to the centre.

Staff at the site will then ‘upcycle’ the trees but, instead of just throwing the waste away, they will then use them to help with various projects across the remembrance centre ground.

A spokesman for the arboretum said: “This an appeal for old real Christmas trees as we want them.

“Instead of throwing away your old Christmas tree in January please bring it to the National Memorial Arboretum and we will upcycle it for you.

“We require lots of chippings to keep our footpaths and flowerbeds looking lovely throughout the year.

“After you have enjoyed your real Christmas tree at home, drop it into us between Saturday, January 4 and Sunday , January 12 and we will turn it into lots of lovely chippings to use in our grounds throughout the year.”

“Please remember we cannot accept plastic Christmas trees and all decorations, including baubles and tinsel, will need to be removed from the tree before we accept them.

“The donation of your old Christmas tree, will be truly appreciated.”

People who would like to donate can do so between 9am and 3.30pm and need to drop trees off at a special Christmas tree drop off point at the centre’s main car park.

More information is available by calling 01283 792 333 or emailing nfo@thenma.org.uk

In South Derbyshire, people who would like to recycle their Christmas trees can do so at the recreation ground car park, in Twyford Road, in Willington, Rosliston Forestry Centre, Ticknall Village Hall and the football ground in Sandypits Lane, Etwall.

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