Greening Westbourne celebrates tree shredding success

Greening Westbourne chairman Colin Carr�, left, with Wade Fazackarley and Michael Reed from the village tree specialists
Greening Westbourne chairman Colin Carr�, left, with Wade Fazackarley and Michael Reed from the village tree specialists

RESIDENTS in Westbourne shredded up to 100 Christmas trees during their annual recycling event.

The event, run by environmental group Greening Westbourne Campaign, has become a fixture in the village calendar, where chippings from trees are used to produce compost.

Volunteers met up in the village square on Sunday and set to work in torrential rain.

Chairman Colin Carré said: “We had an amazing turnout despite the weather. It’s great to see people dragging trees into the square and stopping for some mulled wine and mince pies.

“It’s a fun community event but it fits with our goal of helping people to do small things locally to combat climate change. Recycling is good and doing it locally means fewer vehicle journeys.”

Greening Westbourne also organises events such as a family fun bike ride and is planting a community orchard.

The tree shredding was performed for free by village tree specialists Michael Reed & Co.

Anyone interested in the campaign, and joining the community orchard project, can contact the campaign on greeningwestbourne@hotmail.co.uk or search Greening Westbourne online.

The group is looking for funding for the orchard.

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