Fylde Council working with Trinity Hospice
This year Fylde Council has supported Trinity Hospice in providing a doorstep collection service of real Christmas trees, residents living in FY3, FY4 and FY8 areas of the borough were offered the opportunity to book tree collections in exchange for a donation to Trinity Hospice. On Saturday 12th January volunteers gave up their free time and helped to collect 528 trees from the area which has raised £4,813.50, through donations to Trinity Hospice by our generous residents! This money will make a huge difference in helping Trinity Hospice provide essential care to people with life threatening or limiting illnesses on the Fylde coast.
As this has proven to be such a huge success we will be working with Trinity Hospice again next Christmas to offer this service to Fylde residents, further details will follow at the end of the year. Please look out for information on how to register for a tree collection or how you can get involved in volunteering to assist with tree collections.
Tree collection points
Fylde residents have also taken advantage of the various collection points set up across the borough to dispose of real Christmas trees during the first 2 weeks of January, with a total number of 422 trees being recorded at these sites.
If you still wish to recycle your real tree, you can still take this to North Beach car park (Clifton Drive North, St Annes) and leave within the barricaded area before 25 January 2019. Alternatively, if you are subscribed to the green waste collection service please chop up the tree and place inside the green wheeled bin or take to the Household Waste Recycling Centre (Saltcotes Road, Lytham).
What happens to the trees
The Christmas trees that were collected by Trinity Hospice or taken by residents to the collection points will 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.
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, if you can spare a day or even a few hours to help with the planting please get in touch. All equipment will be provided as well as some light refreshments on the day. Volunteers will just need sturdy footwear and some warm clothing!