Two charities recycling Christmas trees in return for donation towards their vital work

Christmas tree recycling

Pilgrims Hospices Christmas Tree Recycling is returning to Thanet this festive season.

The environmentally-friendly fundraising initiative means you can enjoy a hassle free end of the festive period, in the knowledge that you are supporting a much-loved local charity.

Help Pilgrims to take care of the planet and hospice patients one tree at a time.

All you have to do is register on Pilgrims website and make a donation of your choice. Pilgrims volunteer elves will collect your real tree from your doorstep, where it will continue on a journey to be recycled.

There’s no need to mess up your car with pine needles, Pilgrims volunteers will do all the hard work for you and, in return, you will be helping to support the vital end-of-life care of local people through your donation.

Kate Duddell, Pilgrims Hospices Fundraising Manager, said: “It’s really important to dispose of your real tree in a sustainable way. We are grateful for the support of Thanet District Council, and the huge number of volunteers, and local businesses who give up their time to help us raise vital funds in early January.

“Our last, and first, Christmas Tree Recycling campaign raised in excess of an amazing £42,000 and more than 2,250 real trees were collected by Pilgrims Hospices across east Kent. We hope the lovely and supportive Thanet community we help to do the same again this year.”

The doorstep collections will take place between 6th – 9th January 2023, but you need to get registered by midnight on Monday 2nd January to book your collection.  If you live in Broadstairs, Ramsgate, Margate, Westgate-on-Sea, Birchington, St Nicholas-at-Wade, Minster and all the surrounding villages Pilgrims elves will come and collect your real Christmas tree!

Each year Pilgrims Hospices give care and comfort to thousands of people in east Kent who are coming to terms with an illness that sadly cannot be cured. The charity support patients to live life as well as possible until the very end, free from pain and distress.

RNLI Margate

The lifeboat crew at Margate is also recycling Christmas trees and ask for a donation towards saving lives at sea.

Thanks to the generosity of Joseph Weitzel of Margate-based Top Branch Tree Services, ( Joseph and volunteer RNLI lifeboat crew members will be on hand at Margate’s RNLI lifeboat station between 9.30am and midday on Sunday 8 January when members of the public or businesses, can drop off their Christmas tree to be recycled in a sustainable way.

Joseph said: “Woodchip will be tipped off, maybe at Quex Park for their paths or perhaps at local allotments, but if you have anyone who wants some then they are welcome to them as there will be plenty!”

If you can’t make the Sunday, the tree can be left at the boathouse between 6pm and 8pm the previous Wednesday 4 January for chipping on the Sunday.

There is no charge for the service but any donation towards the charity’s work of saving lives at sea will be much appreciated. Visitors will also be welcome to look around the lifeboat station and meet the crew on the Sunday morning, children will be particularly welcome to have a close look at the lifeboats.

The Lifeboat Station is situated at The Rendezvous, Margate, CT9 1HG on the promenade next to Turner Contemporary at Margate harbour.