Recycle Christmas trees into essential compost: preserve peat, avoid methane and save moneyJanuary 6, 2008 at 7:04 am | Posted in 6th, Berkshire, Biodegradables, Christmas trees, Composting, Crown Estate, Environment, Epiphany, Forestry, FSC, January, Recycling, Surrey, Sustainability, Trees, Windsor Great Park | Leave a comment
One month on, our tree will soon return to the place from whence it came, The Crown Estate’s sustainable forest on the Windsor Estate, managed by its forestry department behind-the-scenes. All we need to do is take our much-loved tree to one of the recycling sites, such as this one at Savill Garden car park:
This year our family has discovered that we can have a real tree in our house without triggering eczema or asthma. We hope to return next year for another festive treat from the woods. It makes me wonder whether the real problem is the pesticides or herbicides that may be sprayed on live trees. Hmmm …
Our tree was grown without such unpleasant extras, thus ensuring us a much more Merry Christmas from the Crown Estate than from other suppliers, as I discovered when I found this description on their Royal Landscape Christmas 2007 page:
“Environmentally friendly, high quality Christmas trees from the Windsor estate will be on sale from The Savill Building car park …. The Windsor estate Christmas trees have Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC) accreditation, meaning they have been grown in an environmentally sustainable way, using no herbicides or insecticides. They range from 3 ft to over 25 ft and the four varieties grown are the Norway Spruce, the Nordmann Fir, the Fraser Fir and the Scots Pine. Every year, the estate supplies Christmas trees to Windsor Castle, the Royal Palaces and St Paul’s Cathedral.”
So, recycling our tree means it can give new life to others. Use of trees for compost reduces the need to use peat-based compost, and that helps preserve peat bog habitats. Also, separating out Christmas trees and other (leafy/woody) green waste for controlled composting means smaller quantities of methane are produced than would be the case if these biodegradable items were simply tossed onto rubbish dumps to end up in landfill sites. Last but not least, it is becoming increasingly expensive in Britain to pay for our diminishing landfill capacity; as less space is available, price for dumping comes at a premium—and that extra cost will end up being passed on to residents one way or another.