Christmas Tree Collection

Our annual Christmas tree collection and recycling service is the group's main fundraising activity

Christmas Tree Collection

Every year, on a chilly weekend in early January, you’ll find us out and about, dragging your unwanted Christmas trees off to be recycled and shredded into chippings for paths.

Our annual Christmas tree collection is the group’s only regular fundraising activity, and we ask all parents to get involved.  In 2019, we raised nearly £10,000 for the group, while providing a useful and much appreciated service to the local community.  The money we raise helps us to keep our membership fees low, making scouting accessible to everyone in the community and one of the best value activities available for young people in the Weston Green area.  It also allows us to buy vital equipment including tents, camping gear, minibuses (we have two) and trailers.

Parents can help in a variety of roles:

  • before the event, we need to put out publicity, advertise, put up posters and drop leaflets, so people who live in our catchment area  can sign up and book their tree collection.
  • before and during the event, we need people to organise parents and other volunteers into collection teams, arrange vehicles and trailers, plan collection routes, take bookings and payments
  • on the day, we head out in teams of three – a driver, a navigator and a tree lugger – in minibuses, vans and vehicles towing trailers.  Each team does a four-hour session.  Competition to see who can collect the most trees can get intense!  The main collection is done in four shifts over a single weekend, and we collect over 1,000 trees in that time!

If you’d like us to collect your Christmas tree once Christmas is over, you can book at


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