Bluebell Wood launches Christmas tree recycling service across Sheffield with help of community-spirited local businesses

1st December 2020

Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice will be easing people’s post-festive woes with an exciting new Christmas tree recycling service across Sheffield in partnership with several local businesses.

So many of us are looking forward to having a real Christmas tree at the centre of our festive displays after a year like no other – but are altogether less enthusiastic about the New Year clean-up.

Thankfully, a local charity has stepped in to take away all the hassle.

Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice will be easing people’s post-festive woes with an exciting new Christmas tree recycling service across Sheffield in partnership with several community-spirited local businesses.

For a small donation, the charity and its team of eager elves will collect real Christmas trees from outside people’s homes and then recycle them in an ethical and environmentally friendly way.

Each tree recycled will help Bluebell Wood be there for children and families across Sheffield who simply don’t know how long they have together.

Long-standing Bluebell Wood supporter XPO Logistics, which has sites in Barnsley, Chapeltown and Doncaster, is delighted to lend its support and expertise to the charity’s new service.

Gavin Williams, managing director, supply chain – UK and Ireland, XPO Logistics, said: “As a business we’re always looking for ways to give back, and our Christmas tree collection is a practical way to help the community while supporting a life-changing local charity. 

“In addition to raising funds for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice and aiding the recycling effort, we’ll be removing any stray trimmings so that everything runs as smoothly as possible."

Booking a collection couldn’t be easier – all people need to do is visit https://www.bluebellwood.org/recycle-your-christmas-tree and follow the button for their area, or call 01909 508103.

All the real Christmas trees that are collected will then be chipped and turned into compost, with some used to grow new trees and others used in the gardens at Bluebell Wood.

Todwick’s Sunnybank Farm, a near neighbour of Bluebell Wood which has supported the charity for a number of years, will be on hand to make sure once the trees are collected, they’ll be put to good use.

John Parker from Sunnybank Farm said: “We know the team at Bluebell Wood very well and we always support the charity however we can.

“We’re very much looking forward to working with them in what’s shaping up to be a big year for real Christmas trees with many more people buying them from our farm.

“So in the New Year we’ll be ready to recycle them by chipping them, turning them into mulch which we can use across the farm.”

Fletchers Waste Management, which will be supporting Bluebell Wood with a number of fundraising initiatives over the coming weeks and months, will also be helping to make sure the trees are disposed of ethically. 

Fredric Ward, Commercial Director at Fletchers Waste Management, said: “We’re very much a community-focused, family business and we’re always eager to help local charities where we can.

“So we’re delighted to be working with such an amazing local charity on the Christmas tree recycling scheme and we’re very much looking forward to getting going in the New Year.

“All the trees we receive will be chipped and then put to good use elsewhere so it really is a fantastic way to dispose of your tree in an environmentally friendly way.”

Sally Baker, Regional fundraiser for Bluebell Wood, said: “We’re very excited to launch our Christmas Tree Recycling Service to make life that bit easier for people in the New Year.

“All people need to do is register their details, and we’ll do the rest. Each and every donation we receive will help support our life-changing work as we look forward to making precious memories with local children and families in the year ahead.

“None of this would be possible without the support of some amazing local businesses, so we’d like to say a huge thank you to all those who’ve helped us put the service together.”

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