Christmas Tree Recycling is a winner for Heart of Kent Hospice

Categories: Fundraising.

Earlier this month, volunteers from the Heart of Kent Hospice in Aylsford were out on the road collecting over 650 Christmas Trees from residents in and around the boroughs of Maidstone and Tonbridge and Malling as part of a Christmas Tree recycling initiative which has raised £13,500 for the Hospice.

The event was generously sponsored by Compare & Recycle, the UK’s number one mobile phone recycling comparison site.

Residents were able to go to the Hospice website and book for their tree to be collected over the first weekend in January.  Volunteers used a fleet of vans to pick up the real Christmas trees from individual addresses before environmental partners The Gallagher Group and the National Trust’s Igtham Mote chipping the trees to use around their estates.

This was the first year that the Hospice has worked with Ightham Mote who were able to chip approximately 300 of the trees.  One trailer load of the chippings were donated to local primary school, Weald Community Primary School in Sevenoaks, for them to use in their forest school play area.  The rest of the chippings will be used around the estate at Ightham Mote.

The Hospice intends to develop the Christmas Tree recycling scheme year after year for this fabulous cause so please do get in touch if you would like to volunteer for next year’s initiative at or call 01622 790195.

To find out more about the hospice including their fundraising events or how to volunteer or donate to the charity visit website



About Heart of Kent Hospice

Heart of Kent Hospice has been providing free, compassionate, end-of-life care to people living with a terminal illness and their loved ones in Maidstone, Aylesford, Tonbridge and Malling and the surrounding towns and villages for the past 33 years.

The Hospice has built an excellent reputation within the local community for the quality of its care, which has been further endorsed by the Care Quality Commission who awarded us with an overall rating of ‘Outstanding’ following an inspection in February 2017.

Our vision is for everyone living with a terminal illness in our community to achieve the best quality of life. We are committed to achieving this by enabling them to live in comfort, with independence and dignity to the end of their lives, and to support those closest to them.

Last year the Hospice cared for over 1,800 patients and their families in their own homes or at our Aylesford-based Hospice. Our charity needs to raise £6 million to deliver all the Hospices services, and we depend heavily on our loyal community of supporters, whose generous donations and fundraising activities raise money for us every year.

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