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Calderdale Council Urge Residents Not To Throw Away Christmas Trees

Christmas Trees At Ogden Water

They'll be used to make mulch and improve soils in parks and gardens in the borough

Stuck to know what do with your Christmas tree now the festive season is over?

Don’t throw it away, it could help on-site management at one of Calderdale’s nature reserves, or be used to improve the borough’s parks and gardens.

Ogden Water, near Halifax, is once again running its Christmas tree recycling programme throughout January, where you can drop off unwanted trees.

The scheme has been run annually for a decade, during which the site has recycled over 25,000 trees, roughly around £750,000 worth, which have been used to help with on-site management at the reserve, says the council.

Trees without roots are used to create a border around the reservoir – helping to keep people safe while still enjoying the site.

Those with roots are planted up in various sections of the woodland to add to the diverse range of trees present, said Calderdale Council Cabinet member for Public Services and Communities, Coun Susan Press (Lab, Todmorden).

“Ogden Water was one of the first sites to recycle trees in this way and the innovative scheme is increasingly popular.

“It’s good to find a use for the Christmas trees after the decorations come down and by donating them to Ogden, they not only brighten up the site, they also provide a habitat that is used by birds, mammals, insects and plants,” she said.

Christmas trees can be dropped off outside the classroom, which is opposite the reserve’s visitor centre, until the end of January.

If possible, the council asks those dropping off trees to make an optional small donation which will be reinvested back into the site.

Last year these donations paid for tools and timber to enable path edging repairs.

Alternatively, trees can also be recycled at any of the local Household Waste Recycling Centres in Calderdale – these are at Halifax, Brighouse, Elland, Sowerby Bridge and Todmorden.

These trees will be used to make mulch and improve soils in parks and gardens in the borough, so they won’t be wasted.

If you are looking to get some exercise after festive excess, volunteer days to help assist with the work at Ogden will be taking place on Fridays and Tuesdays throughout January, starting on Friday, January 10, meeting at 9.30am at the classroom.

For more information about these sessions, you are asked to get in touch with Calderdale Council’s Countryside Officer, Chris Sutcliffe on 07769 954956.

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