Tree col­lec­tion helps raise record sum for school PTAs

The Wokingham Paper - - NEWS - By SUE COR­CO­RAN

A Christ­mas tree col­lec­tion ser­vice raised a record of £1,400 plus to help school PTAs.

The money is be­ing shared be­tween The Col­leton School and Pole­hamp­ton Ju­niors, both Twyford, and Robert Pig­gott Ju­niors, War­grave.

Nick Wheeler of NW Prop­erty Main­te­nance, Old Mill Court, Twyford and his friend Adam Brown of The Book Peo­ple, Twyford col­lected more than 170 trees from front gar­dens in the area last week­end and on Mon­day.

Cus­tomer ser­vices man­ager Ali­son March­esi, 54, of Twyford, was de­lighted to have her tree col­lected. “It’s a re­ally great ef­fort, sup­port­ing lo­cal schools. It also means peo­ple don’t have to take their trees to the tip,” she said.

The whole £8 pick up fee is go­ing to the schools. Mr Wheeler, fa­ther of for­mer Col­leton pupils, said: “A big thank you to every­one who used the ser­vice. We’ve raised more than last year: it’s awe­some.”

He thanked his helpers in­clud­ing the PTAs, Adam Brown and Win­son Wood­craft of Twyford, the firm which chipped the trees.

He added that last week’s Wok­ing­ham Pa­per story gave the scheme a big boost.

This was his third Christ­mas tree col­lec­tion. Last year’s raised over £1000 for lo­cal schools from the sale of the trees and col­lec­tion of them af­ter­wards.

Tea for your tree…

RECYCLERS can turn their tree into tea thanks to a lo­cal nurs­ery, writes Kate Ni­chol­son.

Hare Hatch Sheep­lands is of­fer­ing a free cuppa to all its cus­tomers who use it to re­cy­cle their Christ­mas trees.

All they have to do is bring the trees to the car park of the Heath­lands Road nurs­ery. The fes­tive firs will then be shred­ded be­fore be­ing turned into mulch, which will be used within the cen­tre to help the plants grow.

A spokesper­son for the nurs­ery said: “We want to en­cour­age peo­ple to re­cy­cle their trees in a re­spon­si­ble way and we hope the of­fer of a com­pli­men­tary cuppa will en­cour­age a few more to do so. The of­fer is for real trees only, not ar­ti­fi­cial trees.”

Trees can be taken to Sheep­lands through­out Jan­uary.

Nick Wheeler pre­pares to re­cy­cle an­other Christ­mas tree

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