HOUSEHOLDS are being offered a Christmas tree collection service in New Milton and Christchurch in return for donations to local charities.
Christchurch Round Table is running the operation to raise funds after a year in which the pandemic axed a number of its usual events for good causes.
Trees will be collected tomorrow (Saturday) and also 9th January, with the group suggesting people pledge £10. Food banks are to be among the main beneficiaries.
Round Table chair Nigel Jarvis said: “We had been struggling all year to think of a fundraising event which we could continue with and still socially distance.
“We came up with the idea of Christmas tree recycling as we can continue in socially distanced small teams without coming into contact with individual home owners. All trees we can chip and recycle.”
During the year, the Round Table has made and distributed PPE created on a 3D printer. In total 1,300 pieces were delivered to hospitals, care homes and dental surgeries.
The group’s annual aim of raising £10,000 for local causes was disrupted with the cancellation of events during which it usually takes collections.