Council's tree-cycling ensures a green new year

8 January 2020

Christmas is over for another year and people have taken down their Christmas tree and decorations, including Chester Cathedral’s wonderful ‘Christmas Tree-cycled Festival’.

The event involved a fabulous display over 50 trees decorated with recycled materials  from local schools and businesses and Cheshire West and Chester Council has now arranged for their trees to be tree-cycled and re-used as mulch.

The Council’s StreetCare Services team has collected the trees and they are now on their way to be chipped and reused across the borough.
If you have had a ‘real’ Christmas tree this year, Cheshire West and Chester Council has organised a free recycling service.

All you have to do is take your tree along to one of the seven locations across the borough between Monday 6 and Sunday 19 January 2019.
The chipping service will be available at the following locations:
  • Alexandra Park, Chester 
  • Westminster Park, Chester
  • Knights Grange, Winsford
  • Hooton Golf Club
  • Whitby Park, Ellesmere Port​​​​​​​
  • Stanney Fields Park, Neston​​​​​​​
  • Castle Park, Frodsham
Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment, Highways and Strategic Transport, Councillor Karen Shore said: “I’m delighted we have been able to work with Chester Cathedral to help them tree-cycle their wonderful display of Christmas trees.  The event was both beautiful and thought-provoking, a fantastic way of getting the recycling message across.

“We’re pleased to be offering a Christmas tree recycling service for residents too for the next few weeks to encourage them to recycle their trees after they have enjoyed them over Christmas.

“Please make sure there is no string or metal attached to your tree. Trained staff from the Council’s StreetCare Services teams will then shred the trees into bark chippings which will be used on the authority’s parks and gardens and in community projects across the borough.”

Canon Jane Brooke, Vice Dean of Chester Cathedral added: “In line with our 2019 message of ‘waves’, our Christmas Tree Festival used the theme of sustainability, recycling and re-using.  The participating schools and businesses did a superb job in bringing that theme to life on the trees, and we’re thankful to Cheshire West and Chester Council for bringing our 2019 theme to a close by recycling all of our trees”

Reusing the bark chippings in parks from trees that would have otherwise have been thrown away will benefit local parks and supports the Council’s Climate Emergency agenda as it continues to work with partners, businesses and communities to develop a borough-wide response to tackle the Climate Emergency. People can submit suggestions and ideas that for the borough to tackle the Climate Emergency by emailing: ClimateChange@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk by Friday 10 January. These will be shared at a public evidence session on the 24 January.

Donations from visitors attending the Tree-Cycle Festival will be donated to Adoption Matters.



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