Hunstanton residents take advantage of tree clipping day

Scott Pearman (left) and Steve Percy. ANL-150114-173848001
Scott Pearman (left) and Steve Percy. ANL-150114-173848001
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Starting the year on a green footing, Hunstanton residents took their Christmas trees to Hunstanton Recreation Ground on Saturday where West Norfolk Council gardeners, Scott Pearman and Steve Percy turned the trees into useable chippings.

According to the Local Government Association, it costs the taxpayer £100 for every 40 Christmas trees that are sent to landfill so recycling real trees by shredding and using the woodchips in the council maintained gardens is a real reminder of how easy and important it is that people recycle. “We have shredded more trees today than we have in previous years, and for the first time there were people waiting for us when we arrived this morning, so it’s good the message is getting through,” said Mr Percy.

Vice-chairman of Hunstanton in Bloom Pat Richardson said: “Chippings are useful for mulching beds and borders, especially between shrubs, and after our Gold Award last year we want to put on a good show in 2015 so I’m pleased people have brought along their trees.”