A SOMERSET Christmas tree farm is giving people who had a fresh Christmas tree this yuletide the chance to recycle it for free in the New Year.

People who take their tree to Langford Lakes Christmas Tree Farm, at Middle Hill Farm, Langford Budville, near Wellington from January 3 until January 22, 2020 will be able to get it shredded for free.

Nick Hendy, from Langford Lakes Christmas Tree Farm, said: “Decoration-free natural Christmas trees can be taken to any recycling site for composting.

“But if people can’t get to one of these drop off points, they can bring their tree to us. There will be an allocated drop off area for the trees and we will shred them throughout January.

“After the trees have been shredded, they will be composted and turned into mulch and this will be available for people to collect free of charge so that they can use it on their own gardens.

“Mulch is great to use on flower beds because it suppresses weeds and it also helps during dry spells to keep the ground moist and warmer in winter.

“For people who would like to collect some free mulch to use on their own gardens we are asking that they contact us direct to arrange collection.”

For further details about Langford Lakes Christmas Tree Farm call 01823 400476 or visit langfordlakes.co.uk.

For those who can't get to the Christmas tree farm, there will be recycling points for trees at tips operated by Somerset Waste Partnership, which are open every day except Boxing Day and New Year's Day and will be open from 9am to 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays December 28-29 and January 4-5. 

Garden waste subscribers only can add their undecorated tree under 6ft to their garden waste collection from January 7.

For more details, visit www.somersetwaste.gov.uk/christmas2019.

Meanwhile, those who have a bin full of Christmas waste can expect collections on the following days:

Kerbside collections:
Usual day (Revised day in brackets):
Wednesday, December 25 (Friday, December 27)
Thursday, December 26 (Saturday, December 28)
Friday, December 27 (Sunday, December 29)
Monday, December 30 (No change)
Tuesday, December 31 (No change)
Wednesday, January 1 (Thursday, January 2)
Thursday, January 2 (Friday, January 3)
Friday, January 3 (Saturday, January 4)
Monday, January 6 – Usual services resume

There will be no garden waste collections between December 23 and January 3; they resume from January 6.