Saint Francis Hospice has been forced to cancel its Christmas Tree Recycling collection following the latest lockdown restrictions announced on Monday.
Almost 1,300 supporters across Havering signed up for the annual fundraising initiative which was due to take place this weekend and expected to raise £20,000 to help local people who are seriously ill.
“We are deeply saddened to have to take this step and we appreciate this will be very disappointing for our supporters who signed up to have their tree collected,” said Leyla Clayden, Marketing Campaigns Manager at the Hospice.
“We felt this was absolutely necessary to help control the spread of the virus and keep our workers and the community safe.
“The safety of our supporters and all those people involved in collecting trees must be our priority in these challenging times.
“After a really difficult 2020, we were hopeful that the Christmas Tree Recycling service would be a great success for the local community and the Hospice and help raise vital funds to support local people in need of palliative and end of life care and support.”
Following the decision to cancel the Christmas Tree Recycling collection, please see below the options for recycling Christmas trees in Havering.
• Our friends at Havering Council have amazingly agreed, due to our cancellation, that you can recycle your Christmas tree at home, as long as it is cut up and placed in your green garden waste bin, with all decorations to be removed. This will be collected with your usual garden waste.
You can take your tree to the Gerpins Lane Refuse and Recycling Centre in Upminster. You will need your driver’s licence and confirmation email that you received from us, to get your tree recycled for free. Please check the website for live queue times: https://eastlondonwaste.gov.uk/gerpins-lane/
If you live in the Gidea Park area, on Saturday 9th between 10am and 2pm, you can also take your tree to Gidea Park Sports Ground, Main Road, Romford for recycling.• Or, you can compost your Christmas tree at home by breaking it down into smaller pieces and putting it in your home compost bin.
If you signed up for the Christmas tree collection and would like more information, visit www.sfh.org.uk or call our fundraising team on 01708 771431.