Christmas Tree Recycling

Thanks to our generous team of supporters we have collected over 18,770 trees in 9 years and raised over £324,440 to support patients and their loved ones in your community. 

Dates for 2025 will appear here nearer the time. 


Thank you for making our Christmas Tree Recycling Scheme 2024 another great success – to our community who registered and donated and to the outstanding team of local businesses and volunteers, who collected over 3,600 trees across three days, in January 2024 and raised over £65,000 to support patients in your community.

We could not have achieved all that in three days without the support of so many people, including the team of 130 tree-mendous volunteers who all gave up their time to help us.

Thank you to our Sponsors

Thank you also to our main sponsor Cooke Curtis & Co and the fantastic team at Just Helping along with the numerous local companies who donated vans, lorries, funds, equipment & people: GE Vernova, HSBC, Barclays UK, Enterprise, Eclectic Marquees, Napp Pharmaceuticals,, Covill Skips, Eastern Marquees, Springboard, John Henry Group, Rotary Club of Cambridge UK, Abington Sawmill Limited, Scotsdales Nursery and Garden Centre Ltd, Cambridge Rugby, Rectory Farm PYO, Cherry Hinton Hall, Rapid Relief Team UK, Brookfield Contracting, Acacia Tree Surgery Ltd, Acs tree care, Simpson’s Nursery and Coffee Shop, K C Manual Solutions and Barnes Group.

2024’s Tree Recycling Scheme was kindly sponsored by Cooke Curtis & Co. 

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Working in partnership with JustHelping.

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Photos from 2024!

Female and a male standing outside with Christmas trees

You can view photos from the event in 2024 on our Facebook photo album.

Listen to Carolyn explaining more to Louise Hulland at Radio Cambridgeshire on 4 December 2023:

Ways to get involved!

If you would like to volunteer with access to a van, to help collect trees in 2025. Please email us on or call 01223 675888.


This sounds like a great scheme, how do I register?

Registration is easy! Our partnered charity JustHelping (registered charity number 1149068) look after the registrations and routing for us. Register your details with them by clicking the ‘register your tree’ button and we will collect your tree.

The last day to register is strictly by 11.59pm on Sunday 7 January 2024. 

Unfortunately not. We will not be able to collect your tree if you donate through our website. Please use the register here button to help you register your tree for collection.

You can choose how much you would like to donate. Our supporters are very generous and last year the average donation was an amazing £17.06 per tree!

Unfortunately, this is not possible. However, if you are in the city centre area, we aim to collect your trees first. 

It is with regret that, due to health and safety, we are unable to collect a tree greater than 3 meters or 10ft. 

We can collect up to three trees per registration. Please make sure you make a note when you register so that they all get picked up when we organise the routes.

The best place to leave your tree is where our volunteers can see it easily, as long as it not causing an obstruction to pedestrians. Please make sure the location of the tree is accessible between 8am 11 January – 5pm 13 January 2024. Upon registration, you will be asked where your tree is likely to be left.

Although we cannot guarantee what day your tree will be collected, we ask that all trees are left out by 8am on Thursday 11 January 2024.

Each year we find this does happen. If we have left a card for you to say we couldn’t find it, please call us on 01223 675888 to let us know it has already been taken.

Our volunteers will try to call you if they cannot see your tree. If they are unable to speak to you they will leave a calling card. Please call the number that is advertised as soon as you can so that we can arrange an alternative collection day. 

No, if our team are unable to find your tree they will try and contact you. If they are unable to speak to you they will leave a calling card with a contact number to call if you believe your tree has been missed.

Yes, we can!  There is an opportunity for you to let us know any collection details when you register.  We just ask you to be as specific as possible so that our volunteers can find you with ease.

The trees will be chipped and used in various locations as mulch. 

After costs, Just Helping receives 12.5% of monies raised for administering the scheme. Arthur Rank receive at least 90% of monies raised and up to 10% is given to other local charities.

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