In its third year Farleigh Hospice’s Christmas tree recycling campaign has raised £12,000. Between 7th-9th January staff and volunteers collected 1400 trees from houses around Chelmsford and Maldon.

The team collected trees in return for a donation, and the £12,000 fundraising total is over double what the campaign raised in 2016. After being collected in vans donated by the local community, the trees were taken to General Farm in Boreham to be chipped, and the chippings will now be used in parks cared for by Chelmsford City Council.

Fundraising Manager Debbie de Boltz said:

We are thrilled that so many of the community took part in our recycling scheme. The money raised will go towards caring for people with life-limiting illnesses, and the recycled trees help the environment, so it’s a win-win!  We’d particularly like to thank all the local businesses and volunteers who gave up their weekend and put in a lot of hard work.