Kentish Town City Farm launches Christmas tree collection service

Goats and sheep await 'juiciest' festive feast

Thursday, 30th December 2021 — By Tom Foot

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The farm’s goats tuck in to Christmas trees in 2019

KENTISH Town City Farm is hoping to raise thousands of pounds through its annual Christmas tree collection service – and a slap-up festive treat for the goats and sheep. 

The farm’s Big Tree Takeaway tickets cost £10 for a basic collection or £15 for one including a special “goat note” thank you. 

Ronnie and the rest of the herd are eagerly anticipating the annual appeal as they enjoy nothing better than feasting on the dead spruces. 

Pine needles can help protect against intestinal parasitic worms and the bark is chocked full of healthy vitamins. 

They can only be eaten in moderation, so left over trees are dropped off by the farm’s team of volunteers at the Heath recycling bays.

Tree recycling is an environmentally responsible way to end the excesses of the festive season. 

Farm goat chief Mel Chamberlain said: “Last year we raised £7,500, and collected trees from over 600 households – this year we want to go bigger. It’s live now and we’ve already got more than 200 people signed up. 

“The goats and sheep will get the juiciest trees for snacking on, and the rest are responsibly recycled by our partners at Hampstead Heath. 

“On the collection days, we will have volunteers driving and navigating the vans, and some volunteers on the heath helping to unload there.”

Collections slots are already disappearing and organisers are advising booking as soon as possible through the farm’s website. 

Kentish Town hire firm H&H has loaned four vans for the tree collections that are running between 9am and 8pm, January 7-10. 

Trees can be left outside homes, but not on the pavement.     

The farm, which is celebrating its 50th year this year, relies on donations and like many businesses it has been hit by coronavirus safety measures that have restricted attendances.

Last year actress Alison Steadman and TV host Dermot O’Leary got involved in the annual fundraiser. 

To book a collection and donate visit https://bit.ly/32zKLrO

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