Festive Returns

A total of six million Christmas trees are thought to be thrown away every year in the UK. These are likely to end up in landfill, producing more methane and CO2, ultimately leading to climate change.

As a construction site located within a relatively rural neighbourhood, we wondered what we can do to prevent this. Even if we could stop a small number of trees being wasted, if this was rolled out nationwide, we could make a significant dent in the extra 30% of waste we produce at Christmas.

We therefore asked all employees, supervisors, operatives and residents to donate their old Christmas trees to us, even offering to collect our neighbour’s trees for them. The trees were then re-used to build a natural habitat for our Dormice, substantially improving the condition. For any remaining trees, we chipped them up to reuse on our landscaping, retaining soil moisture, moderate temperature and control of weeds.

We plan to continue this for the duration of the project and hope others can be inspired to replicate this nationwide. Not only does it contribute positively to the environment, it also brings the community together.

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