Horticulture and Land & Wildlife students from Lackham are proud to have supported a Christmas tree recycling initiative that has raised more than £26,000 for charity – more than double the amount last year.
This is the third year running that Wiltshire College & University Centre has teamed up with Dorothy House to help chip Christmas trees collected from homes across the county after the festive season in return for a donation.
The charity, which offers compassionate care and support for people with life-limiting illnesses and palliative care, collected more than 2,300 trees this year, 300 of which were then delivered to Lackham, the College’s specialist land-based campus.
Phil Nicholls, a gardener at Lackham, said: “This is a great opportunity to support Dorothy House and teach our students some new skills.
“It is also a good way to ensure the trees are recycled, when they may otherwise have ended up at landfill.
“We filled nearly two trailers full of chippings, all of which will be used around the campus.”
Lackham staff were also pleased to welcome Bill Johnston, from T H White for the second year running who spent the day teaching them skills in the safe use of woodchippers as well as sharing his knowledge about the arboriculture sector and the Jensen woodchipper which he brought with him.
Bill, who is the UK Business Manager for Jensen, a German manufacturer of woodchippers distributed by TH White, said: “We’re delighted to have offered our support for this fantastic fundraising partnership once again.
“Not only are we assisting Dorothy House in its esteemed efforts to recycle trees but also giving Lackham students valuable experience and the woodchippers and guaranteeing trees don’t go to waste.”
Verity Clark is the Community Fundraiser for Dorothy House.
She said: “This was our third Christmas tree collection and we’re glad to have helped local people recycle over 2,360 trees and raise vital funds.
“A big thank you to all our volunteers and supporters for their generous help and thanks to all those involved in recycling and chipping our trees at Lackham.”