Tree re-cycling scheme raises funds for local charity

The Rotary Club of Storrington & Pulborough District is again providing a service that is welcomed by the Community and which helps to ‘green’ our area.
Once the festivities are over and it’s time to pack away the Christmas tinsel and baubles, there is the irksome and awkward task of disposing of the Christmas tree. Well there is now an alternative option to the trip to the Household waste tip.
For the fourth year running Rotary members will collect Christmas Trees, with the help of Chanctonbury Lions Club, after twelfth night from 6 to 12 January then recycle them in an eco-friendly way on an Ashington farm – all for a minimum donation of £5 per tree.

Helpers collect trees from most of the RH20 postcode area including Pulborough, Storrington and all the surrounding villages such as Fittleworth, Nutbourne, West Chiltington, Thakeham, Coldwaltham and Watersfield, plus Amberley.
Last year over 250 trees were collected raising approximately £1,500, all of which was donated to Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice, St Barnabas House and Turning Tides charities. The trees will be chipped, with the residue ready for use around the farm, by Rob Dakin of Findon Valley Tree Care who donates his fee to the charity.
Rotary’s project coordinator, Anne Fielding-Smith was really pleased with how the project went last year. “Residents were delighted to avoid all the inconvenience and mess of transporting trees to the tip or burning them, knowing that they will have a ‘green’ end use and that a very worthwhile charity is to benefit in the process.”

Storrington & Pulborough District Rotary Club is grateful to all of its partners in this venture including Chanctonbury Lions, Chris & Len Earl and Findon Valley Tree Care; to the participating Christmas Tree retailers (Big Plant Nursery, Gatley’s Country Store and Oldfield Stables); and particularly to all the local residents who are expected to support the project.

To book a collection just call 07477 829967 or email recyclexmastree@hotmail.com with your name and address. For further information contact: Anne Fielding-Smith anniefs55@gmail.co.uk 07477 829967.