Christmas Tree collection

Hamelin Trust is holding a Christmas tree collection to raise funds and help residents recycle their festive spruce.

Collection will take place from 10th to 12th January across the SS4 1, SS4 3, SS4 9, SS5, SS6, SS7, SS9, SS11 and SS12 postcodes in exchange for a donation. Residents can book their real tree in now via with registrations closing on Thursday 4th January at midnight.

Hamelin Trust’s collection is part of a national initiative by charity Just Helping, so even if you don’t live in any of the postcodes listed above, another charity may be offering a collection in your area which you can check by putting in your postcode.

Funds raised will help Hamelin Trust’s work supporting autistic adults and people with learning disabilities across mid and south Essex to live the life they choose. Collected trees will be taken to the charity’s horticultural training project, Roots & Shoots, in Rochford, to either be chipped and used as mulch, or used to create bug hotels to support our local wildlife, so it’s beneficial to the environment too.

Martyn Dolton, Fundraising and Marketing Manager at Hamelin Trust said it was a great way for residents to recycle their tree and support a local charity at the same time.

He said: “Disposing of your Christmas tree is probably one of the least exciting, and most annoying, festive things to do, but we can help. No need to cram it in your wheelie bin, or find pine needles in your car for the next six months after taking it to the recycling centre!

“We know 90% of autistic people and adults with learning disabilities in Essex do not receive regular funded support. We’re there to meet the growing unmet demand and with your help, we’ll be able to reach many more people who are currently not getting the help they need to live the life they want.

“Donations made through our Christmas tree collection will have a huge impact on the lives of the people we support. Thank you for making a difference.”

Thank you to Skye Cloud, the UK’s best in class cloud service provider, for their support and sponsoring the collection.