Mayor launches Pilgrims Hospices Treecycling campaign
Pilgrims Hospices latest fundraising initiative, Treecycling, has been given the civic seal of approval by Ashford’s Mayor, Cllr Bob Davidson, during its launch at the town’s B&Q store.
The scheme, being piloted by the charity in Ashford and surrounding villages, enables people who buy real trees this Christmas to have them collected after the festive season, in exchange for a donation, and recycled into wood chippings.
Several retailers around Ashford have agreed to place tags on their trees promoting Treecyling to their customers in the run up to Christmas, including Ashford’s B&Q store.
The tag has details of how to register for Treecycling and have the tree collected from homes in January by a team of volunteers.
Cllr Davidson said: “I am delighted to help promote this wonderful scheme. Treecyling is part of a whole future change of environmental style for Ashford. The council is committed to increasing the amount of waste being recycled from 14% to 37% and this project fits so much with what we are aiming to do.”
For the moment, Treecycling is only available in Ashford’s TN23 and TN24 postcode areas as well as the villages of Aldington, the Brabournes, Brook, Great Chart, Hothfield, Mersham, Smeeth, Shadoxhurst, Westwell and Wye.
Paul Carr, Ashford B&Q’s representative on the Helpful People’s Forum added: “B&Q is keen to support local community projects. It is a pleasure to help Pilgrims Hospices in this new initiative.”
Pilgrims Regional Fundraising Manager Nigel Donkin said: “We’re hoping if Treecycling proves to be a success, it can be rolled out to other parts of east Kent in future years.
“The money raised from Treecycling will go towards running our three hospices in Ashford, Canterbury and Thanet. It costs £9.5 million a year to provide our services free of charge to all who need them, either as inpatients or in their own homes. Much of that money is raised with the generous help of the communities that Pilgrims Hospices serves.”
You don’t need the tag to register to have your tree collected. Visit our Treecycling page or ring 01233 504111.