After the joys of the festive season, disposing of your Christmas tree can be a real chore, so start the new year hassle free by signing up for Garden House Hospice Care’s Christmas Treecycling service.

For the sixth year running, a team of volunteers will travel across Stevenage, North Herts, South Beds and surrounding areas collecting real Christmas trees to recycle in exchange for a donation to the hospice.

All trees will be shredded with chippings then used for use in the playgrounds of local schools and community projects. The hospice asks for is a minimum donation to help support vital end of life care in our community.

The Comet: Chippings from recycled trees will be used in local community projectsChippings from recycled trees will be used in local community projects (Image: Garden House Hospice Care)

Volunteers will be collecting Christmas trees in Letchworth, Royston, Baldock, Stotfold, Hitchin, Stevenage and surrounding villages, encompassing the SG1, SG2, SG3, SG4, SG5, SG6, SG7, SG8, SG15, SG16, SG17, SG18 and AL6 postcodes:

Online registration will close at midday on Tuesday, January 3, or sooner if capacity is reached.


Richard Harbon, product and events manager at Garden House Hospice Care, said: “Our Christmas Treecycling services continues to grow in popularity and last year was a record-breaking year with more than 1,000 trees collected and over £19,000 raised for the hospice.

“The services solves the annual problem what to do with your tree after the festive period and our friendly team will collect your tree and dispose of it in an environmentally friendly way, all for a donation to a really worthwhile cause, making it a win, win situation for all.

“Your donations really do make a difference and help us protect the future of end of life care. Don’t forget to tick the gift aid box and it’ll boost your donation to us by 25 per cent at no extra cost to you.”

The Comet: Richard Harbon from GHHC (centre) with volunteers and settle employeesRichard Harbon from GHHC (centre) with volunteers and settle employees (Image: settle)

He added: “A big thank you to Vanstone Park Garden Centre for their sponsorship of this year’s service, to John O’Conner Grounds Maintenance and settle for offering to help with collections and chipping once again and to the many other local tree sellers, garden centres and firms for their support with promoting this environmentally friendly scheme.”

All trees will be collected between Thursday, January 5 and Tuesday, January 10. Due to the high numbers of collections, the hospice is unable to give out specific time slots but will endeavour to confirm a collection day.

To register your Christmas tree for the Christmas Treecycling 2023 service, please visit