Welcome to the Pilgrims Hospices Christmas Tree Recycling fundraising campaign. Supporters can register real Christmas trees for a chosen donation and our friendly team of Pilgrims volunteer elves will collect and recycle your tree.

Pilgrims Hospices Tree Recycling initiative is celebrating its 10th anniversary since its inception in the Ashford Borough Council area, raising over £125,000 for local hospice care in that time. Now, we are thrilled to bring you the tree-mendous news that, due to popular demand, we've branched out and are now able to recycle your real Christmas trees in areas within Canterbury and Thanet with doorstep collections.

When it comes to saying farewell to your festive fir, Pilgrims can help you enjoy a hassle-free end to the Christmas period with our environmentally-friendly service, that also raises vital funds for end-of-life care. Every tree that is collected in Ashford, Canterbury or Thanet, will help to care for people facing an incurable illness in our community.

Help us to care for the planet, and our patients, one tree at a time.

Simply register your real Christmas tree for collection for a chosen donation and our friendly team of Pilgrims volunteer elves will then take your tree to be recycled at the local Household Waste and Recycling Centre.

Please give generously when booking online, whilst Pilgrims Hospices clinical team are Still Here, Still Caring.

All trees for doorstep collections need to be pre-registered and we will be unable to accept any booking after the closing deadlines.

How are the Christmas trees recycled?

After being collected by our volunteer elves and taken to the local Recycling Centre, with the support of Kent County Council and FCC Environment, the trees are taken to specialist recycling farms, Blaise Farm in West Malling and Hope Farm in Capel-le-Ferne. They are then composted within a covered building system and turned into two grades of compost, a 20mm grade used for agricultural purposes and 10mm grade used as a soil improver for general composting and landscaping uses within the local area. What's even better is that, whilst helping to support the charity, you will be reducing your environmental impact too. Some of our trees are also chipped and used for composts locally, some are used for horse jumps at an equestrian centre whilst others are chipped and donated to an animal rescue centre. So, as you can see, your tree's onward journey is far more valuable than just being put out after Christmas, you are helping us to take care of the planet and our patients one tree at a time.

 

The last Christmas tree recycling campaign raised over
£
for local hospice care. Enough to pay for more than 840 hours of specialist nursing care.

Pilgrims Hospices Tree Recycling initiative is celebrating a 10-year milestone since its inception in the Ashford Borough Council area, raising in excess of £125,000 for local hospice care in this time. 

Due to popular demand we've branched out and are now able to recycle your real Christmas trees in areas of Canterbury and Thanet as well!

Kate Duddell - Fundraising Manager (Corporate, Community and Events)

The scheme works differently depending on your area, so please find the information relevant to you by clicking on the buttons below.

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Ashford Borough Council Residents

Doorstep collections from 15th to 18th January 2022. Teams of Pilgrims volunteer elves will do all the hard work for you by collecting your tree from your home address anywhere within the Ashford Borough Council area, and, in turn, you will be helping to support the vital end-of-life care of local people through your donation. Register your tree and donate by midnight on Thursday 6th January 2022.

Register here!

Check whether your address is in the Ashford Borough Area via this map

Canterbury (NEW doorstep collections)

Bookings have now closed

Pilgrims are now able to recycle your real Christmas Tree in the Canterbury area. If you live within the Canterbury City Council area we will be able to collect your tree from your household. Register your tree and donate by midnight on Monday 3rd January. Doorstep collections will take place from Saturday 8th to Tuesday 11th January 2022. 

We will be collecting in the following areas:

  • Canterbury
  • Herne Bay
  • Whitstable

Check whether your address is in the Canterbury City Council area here!

In our inaugural year for household collections in the Canterbury area, Pilgrims volunteer elves will be collecting trees on specially planned designated routes from households within the Canterbury City Council area. Once booked, the Pilgrims team will email you to confirm your registration, and also in the days prior to the collection with instructions for your tree.

If you live outside of the Canterbury City Council area, in areas such as Faversham or Hernehill your tree can still be recycled by bringing it to Macknade, Faversham, at our designated drop off station. You can book your tree's slot in at the drop off station by clicking here, or you can make a donation to Pilgrims Hospices on the day.

Register here!

Thanet (NEW doorstep collections)

Bookings have now closed

Pilgrims are now able to recycle your real Christmas Tree in specific areas within the Thanet area. If you live in the following postcode areas we will be able to collect your tree from your doorstep:

  • CT8
  • CT9
  • CT10
  • CT11

Register and donate by midnight on Monday 3rd January. Household collections will take place from Saturday 8th to Tuesday 11th January 2022.

In our inaugural year for household collections in the Thanet area, Pilgrims volunteer elves will be collecting trees on specially planned designated routes from households in selected areas. Once booked, the Pilgrims team will email you to confirm your registration, and also in the days prior to the collection with instructions for your tree.

Register here!

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