The environmentally-friendly fundraising initiative is celebrating a 10-year milestone since its inception in the Ashford Borough Council area.
With the support of Ashford Borough Council, the campaign has raised an incredible £125,000 to help deliver vital care for patients facing an incurable illness in east Kent.
The last campaign saw more than 1,350 trees collected in the Ashford area and over £21,000 was raised for vital hospice services.
Now, with the support of Kent Country Council and Kent’s Household Waste and Recycling Centre (HWRC) and Transfer Station partner, FCC Environment, the parties are helping Pilgrims with the extension of the scheme.
The charity will be collecting real Christmas trees from households in the Canterbury City Council area and selected areas within Thanet (Margate, Westgate-on-Sea, Broadstairs and Ramsgate).
All trees must be booked online in advance through the Pilgrims Hospices website.
The trees are picked up on specially planned rounds and taken to the local FCC Household Waste and Recycling Centre. From there, they make their way to two farm outlets in mid and east Kent, where they are composted within a covered building system.
Two grades of compost are produced - a 20mm grade used for agricultural purposes and a 10mm grade used as a soil improver for general composting and landscaping uses. Some of the trees are also chipped and used for composts locally, some are used for horse jumps at an equestrian centre and others are chipped and donated to an animal rescue centre.