Berkhamsted Scout groups are helping residents to have an eco-friendly Christmas by organising their annual tree collection service.
1st Berkhamsted Group has organised the service for more than 15 years, picking up Christmas trees from residents’ houses and taking them to the shredding site at Water Lane Car Park.
The pine trees are chipped, and these natural chippings are then used to keep council flowerbeds weed-free across the borough.
This year, five other local Scout Groups are also helping: 1st Gossoms End, 1st Northchurch, 1st Potten End, 1st Little Gaddesden, and VVV Explorer Group.
Residents can also bring along their tree to the shredding site on Sunday, January 7.
Paul Chambers, 1st Berkhamsted Scout Leader, said: “The shredding day is popular, and there is often a queue to drop off a tree. We save people time by taking their tree for them in our large vans, which cuts the number of individual car trips.
“It’s better for the environment, and you don’t have to spend ages clearing pine needles from the back of your car.”
Since launching the service, the Scouts have helped to transport more than 12,000 Christmas trees for shredding. The funds raised go towards equipment and activities, maintenance of the Scout Huts, and financial support for trips and expeditions.
Tree collections can be booked and paid for in advance at www.1stberkhamsted.org.uk/trees