Record year for Arthur Rank Christmas tree recycling scheme
This year’s Arthur Rank Hospice Christmas tree recycling scheme was the charity’s biggest yet, with more trees, more days and an extra postcode.
Despite ever-changing lockdown rules, the charity – based at Cherry Hinton Road – still managed to collect 2,900 trees and, thanks to the local community, registering those trees has helped Arthur Rank raise £54,000 for the hospice – its highest-ever total.
Fundraising head Jodie Vaughan said quieter-than normal roads had helped.
She said: “We are delighted with how well our Christmas tree recycling scheme went this year, thanks to our extremely generous community and incredible volunteers.”
The ‘treasure hunt for trees’, sponsored by Cooke Curtis & Co and Cyber Business Growth, is in its sixth year.
Between Thursday, January 7 and Sunday, January 10, 160 Team Arthur volunteers each in their separate vans and/or household or social bubbles collected pre-registered trees from CB1, CB2, CB3, CB4, CB5, CB21, CB22, CB23 and CB24.
Trees were collected and taken to drop off points, where they were chipped by Greenwood Tree Surgery in Isleham and Michael Downs from Parsonage Farm, to be used as mulch on location or at the hospice.
In addition, a few trees were dropped off for the animals at Shepreth Wildlife Park and even a local goat farm.
After costs, 90 per cent of the money raised will go to the hospice and the remaining 10 per cent will be donated to Rotary Club of Cambridge, to distribute among local charities.