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How to recycle your Christmas tree

Posted by Mark Godsell-Fletcher on

Real Christmas Tree If you have a real tree in your home over the Christmas period then it’s probably the starting point for many conversations. However, once the festive season has passed, disposing of the tree can sometimes cause some difficulty. One of the biggest draws with an artificial tree is the fact that they’re so easy to pack away and store ready for the next year. As authentic and 'Christmassy' as real pines are, you can't just put them back in the attic once the festivities are over. Lack of convenience shouldn’t put you off having a real tree however because there are so many easy and beneficial to the environment ways to dispose of them. Here are a few ways in which they can be easily recycled...


Cut off the branches of the tree and lay them out in your garden as this will help to protect any winter plants and early spring flowers from windburn and frost damage. Laying the branches down in such a way acts as a blanket to protect the less hardy species that inhabit your garden.

Bird habitat

Bird House Birds and other wildlife struggle during the winter as the food that they need isn’t readily available. When you’ve finished with your tree, why not move it out into your garden – still in the pot – and hang bird feeders from it? This will provide a cosy habitat and a good food source for birds and other animals to enjoy throughout the winter months.

Pond adornment

Perhaps surprisingly, fish love trees and placing branches of your Christmas tree into a pond will provide them with a habitat in which they'll thrive. Obviously if you don’t have your own pond then this is still possible, it just means that you’ll have to ask for permission so try contacting your local nature reserve as they may be happy to take it off your hands.

Council recycling

Many county councils offer a Christmas tree disposal service and will have a set day when unwanted Christmas trees can be put outside your front door for collection. Operatives don't generally charge for this service as the by-product of wood chippings are utilised by the local authority in parks and outdoor municipal facilities.


Charity A few charities also offer a collection service and for a small donation will come and collect your tree and dispose of it with all proceeds going to great causes. These kinds of schemes are often extremely successful as people like to know they are helping out deserving organisations at Christmas time. If this sounds like something you’d like to do then check out your local charity's website for information or head to a site like Just Helping to find out how you can do your bit.

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