Proud to support Pilgrims Hospice on Christmas tree collections

This year we are pleased to again be supporting and promoting the charity collection of trees by Pilgrims Hospice.

The collection takes place between Friday 6 and Monday 9 January 2023. Although it is a free service, people who take advantage of it are encouraged to make a donation to this excellent local charity.

Last Christmas, the total raised for our patch was more than £9,000, which would pay for 360 hours of specialist nursing care in their Canterbury hospice inpatient unit.

The Pilgrims Hospice website has details of how the scheme works and how to register your tree for collection.

Your registration and donation must be completed by midnight on Monday 2 January.

Residents who do not go down this route, but who intend to subscribe to garden waste collections in 2023, are asked to chop their tree up and put it in their garden bin, ready for the first collection next year.

Trees can also be taken to the household waste recycling centres – aka ‘the tip’ – in Canterbury and Herne Bay.

The final option is the usual kerbside collection.

Trees will be taken during either week beginning 16 or 23 January. This will depend on which week the recycling is collected.

On the Monday of recycling week, trees should be put out at the edge of the property and crews will attend at some point that week. It will not necessarily be the same day as the recycling collection itself.

This is a drive-by collection and routes will be fluid, so we cannot give precise dates for each area.

And the nature of this collection regrettably means we cannot provide an assisted service for Christmas trees.

We will only be able to collect real trees for recycling if they do not contain decorations.

Published: 16 December 2022

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