A HOSPICE that provides end of life care across north east Wales and north Shropshire will be collecting and recycling real Christmas trees for a small fee to help raise funds.

Nightingale House Hospice, based near Wrexham, will be working in partnership with local firms and volunteers for a third year of offering the service when, for a small donation, people can have their trees collected for recycling on Saturday, January 15.

Sam Amis, a hospice community and events fundraiser, said the event is one that boosts his belief in the power of kind people.

“The Christmas Tree Collection really is my favourite event of the year," said Sam.

"Every year I am overwhelmed by the support from the community, local businesses, volunteers, tree sellers and of course supporters who donate to have their tree collected by us.

"The event not only helps our patients and other local organisation but also is a brilliant initiative to improve the environment for future generations.”

Only real trees and those which have been booked in advance will be collected. No additional trees can be collected on the day. All decorations must be removed. Bookings will close on Sunday, January 9 at 11.59pm.

Once collected the trees will be recycled in various ways. Some will be turned into garden mulch, some are chipped and used for animal bedding or garden supplies and others will be donated to local animal farms who look after alpacas and goats.

The hospice will this year be working alongside various local businesses including Ellesmere's TG Group and WB Environmental to recycle the trees.

Pat Dixon, of TG Group, added: “TG Group is pleased to support the Nightingale House Hospice Christmas Tree Collection 2022.

"It is the first time the hospice has collected trees from Ellesmere and Oswestry postcodes, and we hope for it to be brilliant success.”

Postcode collection areas have been extended this year to:

CH4 0, CH4 9, CH5, CH6 5, CH6 6, CH6 9, CH7, CH8 7, CH8 8, CH8 9, LL11, LL12, LL13, LL14, LL20, SY12 0, SY12 9, SY11 4, SY11 3.

There is no minimum or maximum amount you can give. Every penny raised will go towards patient care at the hospice.

To book in your tree visit nightingalehouse.co.uk/tree or call 01978 314292.