Residents brave the rain to recycle Christmas trees in Emsworth

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More than 100 Christmas trees were recycled at a community event in Emsworth recently.

Despite the wet weather, local residents brought their trees to be recycled in St Peter’s Square

Christmas tree recycling in Emsworth was started three years ago by the Emsworth Business Association, in partnership with Phil Lamb of Brightside Tree Surgery.

This year, despite the weather, it was another hugely successful event.

Phil who is also a fireman, brought along his colleague Anthony Russell from the Hampshire Fire Service and together 
they recycled 117 trees over a two-hour period.

They both generously gave their time and equipment free of charge.

People taking their trees were asked 
if they would donate to The Rosemary Foundation, which was the Emsworth Business Association’s supported charity in 2015.

The charity provides a hospice at home service in Petersfield and the surrounding towns and villages.

Alistair Gibson, from the Emsworth Business Association said: ‘In total £276 was raised which is a wonderful effort and an acknowledgment of this useful initiative.’

Phil Lamb, from Brightside Tree Surgery, said: ‘Emsworth has such a great community feel, it’s always a pleasure to get involved.

‘This is both a useful service for the village as well as a great way to raise some funds for local good causes.

‘I have to be honest and say I was amazed at how many people arrived with their Christmas trees despite the rain.’

Giles Babb, the chairman of the Emsworth Business Association, added: ‘Once again our thanks to Phil for supporting this initiative.

‘It is of course not only environmentally friendly, but now has become a firm date in Emsworth’s diary and of course it’s another opportunity to show support for a local charity.’

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