Surrey Heath Borough Council’s free Christmas tree recycling scheme collected almost 1,400 real trees this year.

The Council’s Greenspace Team Leader Steve was the face of the campaign to beat last year’s total of 1,200 trees collected, and #MakeSteveSmile – and he’s definitely smiling after this target was beaten by nearly 200.

The environmentally-friendly scheme offered 15 drop off sites across the Borough from 4-19 January, with the collected trees being turned into wood chippings and used to replenish the paths in recently opened Windlemere SANG (Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace).

Surrey Heath Portfolio Holder for Places and Strategy Cllr Dan Adams said: “Now in its fourth year, the Christmas tree recycling scheme goes from strength to strength.

“A huge thank you to everyone who took part by dropping off their tree – it’s not only Steve who is smiling as a result! It is a truly green scheme, with multiple benefits, for residents, our green spaces and the wider environment.”

There are plans to run the scheme again in January 2021.

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