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Eco 2021: Goats happily ‘recycle’ Christmas trees

07 January, 2021 — By Tom Foot

Goats at Kentish Town City Farm

KENTISH City Farm is helping the recycling effort by collecting Christmas trees to feed to its goats.

The farm in Cressfield Close is running a van pick-up service for spruces from tomorrow (Friday) for a small charge. Not only will the goats tuck in, the money raised will be reinvested into the farm. The animals love to devour Christmas trees – including the bark – as a great source of nutrients.

The trees also double up as a natural worming medication.

Chair of trustees Angela Woods said: “We’ve been delighted by the local response and it seems our goats eating Christmas trees have proved to be irresistible. There’s so much goodwill out there toward the farm and we’ve been truly heartened.”

She added: “It’s a win-win and a recycling triumph. Our goats have an evergreen snack; there’s an appetite from the public to recycle; we provide an alternative to dumping their trees on the pavements and the farm raises some funds so we can continue to support our community. We hope this becomes an annual event.”

The farm recruited a team to help and was given a van by the Kentish Town hire company, H&H.

Morrisons in Chalk Farm has also donated funds towards farm’s The “Big Tree Takeaway” project, while the City of London has agreed to take any extra trees unwanted by the goats on its recycling sites on Hampstead Heath. Christmas trees can be shredded into chippings which are then used in parks or woodland areas. l Residents have been urged not to dump their trees on the street, with the council warning that people could be fined £400.

Official drop-off points in the borough can be found at the webpage camden.gov.uk/christmastree

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