Surrey Heath Borough Council offered residents the chance to recycle their Christmas tree for free this year – and people responded in their droves.
The Council-run scheme, which offered 15 drop off sites across the Borough from 2-14 January, collected 810 trees – an increase of more than 60% compared with the previous year.
This excellent result is good news for parks in Surrey Heath, as the collected trees will be turned into woodchippings and used to replenish the paths in our beautiful green spaces.
This year’s event was again sponsored by local family-run company, Branch Management (www.branchmanagement.co.uk). Based in Bagshot, they cater for all aspects of tree care for customers across Surrey Heath.
Surrey Heath Business Portfolio Holder Cllr Craig Fennell said: “We are delighted that people across Surrey Heath have taken advantage of this scheme in even greater numbers this year.
“It has multiple benefits, for residents, our parks and the environment in general – although it is an initiative that runs at Christmas, our park users should see the benefits all year round.
“We’d also like to thank Branch Management for kindly sponsoring the scheme again this year.”
In other good news for our parks, more than 400 new trees will be planted in Frimley Lodge Park after a successful application to the Woodland Trust.
Under their ‘Community Trees’ scheme, a variety of saplings including hazel, blackthorn, crab apple, dog rose, elder, rowan, hawthorn, silver birch and common oak will be arriving soon to support wildlife and further enhance our beautiful surroundings in Surrey Heath.