Residents brave the rain to recycle Christmas trees

Greening Westbourne chair Colin Carr�, left, with Wade Fazackarley and Michael Reed of Michael Reed & Co
Greening Westbourne chair Colin Carr�, left, with Wade Fazackarley and Michael Reed of Michael Reed & Co

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Residents in Westbourne shredded up to 100 Christmas trees during an annual recycling event in the village square on Sunday, despite torrential rain.

The event, run by local environmental group the Greening Westbourne Campaign, has become a fixture in the calendar of the West Sussex village, near Emsworth.

Chippings from trees are used to produce compost.

Greening Westbourne chair Colin Carré said: ‘We had an amazing turnout, despite the weather.

‘It’s great to see people dragging into the square and stopping for some mulled wine and mince pies.

‘It’s a fun community event but it fits with our goal of helping people to do small things locally to combat climate change.

‘Recycling is good and doing it locally means fewer vehicle journeys.’

The tree shredding was performed for 
free by village tree specialists Michael Reed & Co.

Anyone interested in the campaign, and joining the community orchard project, can email greeningwestbourne@hotmail.co.uk or search Greening Westbourne online.