People in Lichfield, Tamworth, Burton On Trent, Sutton Coldfield, Walsall, Burntwood, Cannock and  Rugeley and surrounding areas are being invited to go green for 2019 by recycling their Christmas trees in aid of St Giles Hospice.

By taking part in the annual St Giles Treecycle campaign, families and businesses can recycle their trees in a convenient, environmentally-friendly way while helping to support local hospice services at the same time.

St Giles Hospice Fundraising Events Manager Chloe Herbert said: “Treecycle is a fantastic, popular fundraising event which helps people to get rid of their trees and raises money to support our vital work. It’s so easy – you can book a place online and we can take away any size of tree.

“You don’t have to be in when we call round and you don’t have to cut up your tree. Just leave it outside your home and we’ll do the rest. Nobody wants to get needles all over their car, so why not book your collection and get your old tree taken away without the fuss and mess?”

This will be the fourth year that St Giles has run its tree collection service. In January 2018, Treecycle picked up 1,678 trees from 1,254 locations, raising more than £11,000 for St Giles, which supports people with a potentially incurable illness and their families.

Volunteers will be collecting and chipping Christmas trees from homes and workplaces between Monday January 7 and Friday January 11.

You can book a Treecycle collection online anytime between now and 12pm on Friday, January 4. Click here to find out more.

Jane and Nick Meade, of Lichfield Tree Works, have supported the hospice Treecycle since it began in 2015. Jane’s mum had previously been cared for at the Whittington hospice.

“Mum was incredibly well looked after at the hospice and we were offered amazing support throughout her stay,” said Jane.

“She knew towards the end that she didn’t have long to live and wanted to die at home so the St Giles team did everything to make that happen with the Hospice at Home team there for all of us.

“Supporting the Treecycle is our chance to help support a cause which helped our family so much when we needed it.”

If you would like to volunteer to help with Treecycle this year please get in touch with the fundraising team by emailing or calling 01543 432538.