This year Fylde Council have been supporting a trial doorstep collection service for real Christmas trees offered by Trinity Hospice.
Residents who live in FY3, FY4 and FY8 areas of the borough were able to book collections in exchange for a donation to Trinity Hospice.
24 lovely volunteers gave up their free time on Saturday 12th January to help collect 528 trees with an amazing total of £4,813.50 donated to Trinity Hospice by our generous residents!
The money will help Trinity Hospice to provide essential care to people with life threatening or limiting illnesses in the Blackpool and Fylde areas.
Corporate Fundraiser Janet Atkins said: “What a truly incredible weekend! It was busy, and it was hard work, but everyone had a smile on their face.
“Our heartfelt thanks to every single person involved in the tree collection, from all those who gave up their weekends to help with the collections, to the companies and councils who lent us vans and support, and to everyone who booked their tree collection and made a generous donation.
“We couldn’t have wished for a more successful tree collection – it has raised such an amazing amount of money which will go directly to patient care here at Trinity Hospice.”
The Christmas trees collected will now be planted on St Annes beach as part of the ongoing sand dunes restoration project. The trees help reduce the erosion of the dunes that provide a unique habitat for many plants and animals and also act as an effective soft sea defence for the local community.
Leader of the Councillor, Cllr Sue Fazackerley MBE commented, “This is a win/win/win situation because our residents are having the convenience of having their trees taken away, which can be a problem, Trinity Hospice, which we all support, is benefitting from the donation people make for this service and the dunes restoration project is being boosted by the influx of redundant Christmas trees. An excellent example of the advantages of benefits of recycling”.
The Fylde Sand Dunes group are holding a three day event to plant the trees and are looking for some volunteers to help. This will be between 10am and 3pm on Tuesday 29th, Wednesday 30th and Thursday 31st January so if anyone can spare a day or even a few hours it would be greatly appreciated.
All equipment will be provided as well as some light refreshments on the day. Volunteers will just need sturdy footwear and some warm clothing!
More information on the event can be found here.