DOZENS of Christmas trees were shredded by Henley Town Council following the festive period.
Residents brought their trees to Mill Meadows on Saturday (7th January), where they were fed in to a chipper by the council’s parks services team.
Town councillors including David Eggleton and Kellie Hinton also helped with the shredding, as did Caroline Langler of Henley in Bloom.
The shreding cost £2 per tree, while Cllr Eggleton offered to pick trees up for an additional £3. Residents could also collect chippings in a bag to use in the gardens or paths, while the remaining amount would be added to the council’s compost heap.
About £130 was raised on the day, which all went to Henley in Bloom.
Cllr Hinton said: “We made more than double what we made last year, and last year we did it over two days so it’s really improving.
“We had great representation from the council, the Mayor donated and he didn’t even bring a tree.
“Gareth [Bartle, Henley parks manager] came up with the idea and it’s been going for three or four years. Back then the district council didn’t take the trees away.
“We would be out and about and see these trees left about so Gareth thought it would be a good way of raising funds for Henley in Bloom, but also helping residents and tidying up the town in the process.”