Merry mulching with The Gardens Group

Added on 11 February 2008

This January, Castle Gardens has collected at least 200 Christmas trees free of charge from residents in and around Sherborne, plus another 200 have been brought back to the garden centre to be recycled. Each tree has been chipped and turned into mulch which will be used throughout the garden centre to retain moisture or to add to composting bins.

Robin Burks, logistics manager at Castle Gardens explains; "Customers who bought real trees from us in December were offered the option of having their trees collected free of charge for recycling and we are thrilled to bits that so many of them took us up on the offer. In total we have chipped over 400 trees and that's an awful lot of mulch. We are grateful to Landpower Machinery of Templecombe who kindly loaned us the powerful chipper for the purpose."

The Gardens Group is constantly looking at 'greener' ways to do business within the three garden centres. In addition to chipping Christmas trees for mulching, the garden centres collect and reuse rain water, compost as much material as possible, recycle cardboard, plastic and glass, and at Poundbury Gardens, use wooden pallets as fuel to heat greenhouses.

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