THE festive atmosphere was strung out a little longer as hundreds of a town’s Christmas trees were recycled.
St Peter’s Square, Emsworth, was the scene for the final community event as Emsworth Business Association, with Phil Lamb of Brightside Tree Surgery, held the second annual Christmas tree recycling event
Phil is also a fireman for Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service and enlisted firefighter Perry Dodgson and Anthony Russell to help out shredding 17 trees in just two hours.
They gave their services for free in return for donations to the RNLI and the Wheelyboat Trust. More than £200 was raised.
Phil said: ‘It’s always a pleasure to get involved in Emsworth events and this is both a useful service for the village as well as a great way to raise some funds for local good causes.
‘It’s always a great opportunity to wish so many familiar faces a happy new year as well.’
And Giles Babb, chairman of the association, said: ‘Our thanks go to Phil and his colleagues for supporting this.
‘It’s not only environmentally-friendly but it’s a very social couple of hours as local people bring their trees and catch up with each other while supporting two important charities.
‘To recycle 170 trees in two hours is an amazing effort!’
To find out more about the business association go emsworth.org.uk.