Bluebell Wood’s Christmas tree recycling service has been hailed a huge success after generous supporters helped raise over £26,000 in return for the environmentally friendly disposal of their real trees.

In what was only the second year the charity offered the service, Bluebell Wood and its volunteer partners in the business community have collected over 2,000 trees from across South Yorkshire, North Nottinghamshire and North Derbyshire.

All the trees collected will be disposed of in an environmentally friendly way, with some being chipped and turned into compost to grow new trees while others will be spread in the hospice’s beautiful gardens ready for the spring blooms. A number of trees have also been recycled into Biomass fuel, and others have been dropped off at Yorkshire Wildlife park for the curious animals to explore.

People can register their details here to be among the first to know about the launch of next year’s recycling service. This year’s service, kindly sponsored by Rotherham-based glass bottle and jar manufacturer, Beatson Clark, has provided a much-needed boost for the charity after its ability to raise funds continues to be hit hard by the pandemic.

Samantha Wood, Head of Fundraising at Bluebell Wood, said: “Our Christmas tree recycling service has surpassed our expectations and we’re very pleased to be giving so many people the peace of mind that their trees will be disposed of in an ethical and environmentally friendly way.

“The past two years have been the most difficult we’ve ever faced as a charity from a fundraising perspective, so we’re absolutely delighted that so many people in the communities we serve have embraced and generously supported our service.

“We’d like to say a huge thank you to all those who’ve used our recycling service this year as well as our community-spirited business partners who made it all possible; your support will help us to be there for children and families who have nowhere else to turn all year round.”

Charlotte Pike, Marketing Manager at Beatson Clark, said: “We have been proud to be part of such a worthy campaign, supporting a local charity with the added benefit of encouraging recycling within our community. We look forward to working with Bluebell Wood on future projects and helping them continue the vital work that they do."

As well as sponsor Beatson Clark, Bluebell Wood would like to thank Fletchers Waste Management, Stelrad Radiator Group, Fletchers Waste Management, Load Hog, Remondis, Burrows Motor Group, Billington Group, Hillfoot Steel, KCM Waste Management, Arthrex, NSL Logistics, Joseph Green Gardening Services, ReFood UK, Ashley Ibbotson: Agency Signs, FedEx, Proact IT, Billingley Christmas Tree Farm, Gorsefield Farm, Sunnybank Farm, Golden Smithies Farm, Yorkshire Wildlife Park, Envar and Northgate Vehicle Hire.