Christmas trees at Ogden Water

Recycled trees provide home for wildlife at Ogden Water nature reserve

Each year, about 250 tonnes of Christmas trees are simply thrown away at the end of the festive season.

But with environmental concerns increasingly under scrutiny and a greater awareness of the need to recycle, initiatives like one at Ogden Water nature reserve near Halifax are ensuring that this year’s discarded trees are not wasted.

The Calderdale Council-managed reserve offers a free Christmas tree recycling service.
The Calderdale Council-managed reserve offers a free Christmas tree recycling service.
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Trees with roots will be planted among the 60-hectare sites mixed conifer and broad leaf woodland, while those without roots are used to create a wildlife hedgerow alongside the neighbouring reservoir.
Trees with roots will be planted among the 60-hectare sites mixed conifer and broad leaf woodland, while those without roots are used to create a wildlife hedgerow alongside the neighbouring reservoir.
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Chris Sutcliffe, the councils area countryside officer, said: Ogden Water was a pioneer in using Christmas trees in this way, and the trees that we receive are greatly appreciated. We have previously had over 2,000 donated  around 70,000 worth of Christmas trees  but each year we still need more.
Chris Sutcliffe, the councils area countryside officer, said: Ogden Water was a pioneer in using Christmas trees in this way, and the trees that we receive are greatly appreciated. We have previously had over 2,000 donated around 70,000 worth of Christmas trees but each year we still need more.
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Mr Sutcliffe added: The trees are laid around the edge of the reservoir and as the seasons move on the hedgerows provide a home for birds, insects, mammals and fungi, as nettles and brambles grow through the trees, creating a perfect habitat for wildlife.
Mr Sutcliffe added: The trees are laid around the edge of the reservoir and as the seasons move on the hedgerows provide a home for birds, insects, mammals and fungi, as nettles and brambles grow through the trees, creating a perfect habitat for wildlife.
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