St Michael’s Hospice’s Christmas tree recycling scheme raised more than £3,000 for charity.
The hospice collected more than 500 unwanted Christmas trees from all over Hastings and Rother for a small donation, four times more trees than in 2013.
All the trees have now been donated to Port Lympne Reserve, where they are being used for building shelters for a variety of animals and as enrichment for the big cats, who love using the pre loved trees as scratching posts.
Chris Jones, the hospice’s head of retail, said: “We are delighted to be working with Port Lympne again this year, everyone loves the idea their tree will be reused and will benefit the animals at the reserve, while supporting their local hospice. The number of Christmas trees collected this year has been staggering. We could not be more grateful to the Hastings and Rother community for all its donations. I would like to say a huge thank-you to all the staff who collected the trees, whom without their hard work and dedication the Christmas tree recycling scheme would not be possible. We would also like to thank Hastings Borough Council for supporting this year’s collection.”