Where To Donate Your Christmas Tree After Christmas

Once it’s served its duty as the centrepiece of your Christmas events, give that tree a proud sendoff. Here are some very worthy recipients if you’re wondering where to donate your real Christmas tree after the holiday season.

Donate Your Christmas Tree

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Why Donate Your Christmas Tree?

Once Christmas is over, you need to start thinking about what to do with your tree. Putting it at the curb for collection is a fine idea if your community offers that service. But we know your tree was meant for bigger and better things! Here are some reasons for giving your real tree a second life through Christmas tree donations.

Trees, even once cut down, can provide homes and habitats for small wildlife and birds. In the cold, snowy months, animals will seek refuge and build homes inside the protective branches.

Animals, especially those on farms and zoos, love trees for a variety of reasons. The first is nourishment. It gives the animals a break from their steady diet of hay, and because the trees are full of fibre, it’s also great for their digestion. Secondly, they appreciate something new and exciting in their enclosures. “Being able to offer a different scent and sensory experience for them is a huge mental stimulation and really beneficial for the animal.” said Jennifer Stallman, of Brantford Zoo to CTV Kitchener.


Extend Your Tree’s Service…At Home

The Nature Conservancy of Canada suggests keeping it in your backyard after the Christmas season. They say natural trees provide shelter for small wildlife, like birds, especially on cold nights or during winter storms. The NCC suggests propping it up against another tree, against a fence or laying it down in your garden. Another recommendation is to place pinecones in the tree, covering them in peanut butter, peanuts or suet. They will provide food for the birds while they seek shelter.

“Another benefit is that if you leave the tree in your garden over the summer, it will continue to provide habitat for wildlife and improve your soil as it decomposes,” said the NCC, in a media release.

Where To Donate Your Christmas Tree

Royal Botanical Gardens – Royal Botanical Gardens appreciates the generosity of its community members that take the time to donate their Christmas trees each year. Used Christmas trees assist our conservation efforts in re-building creek channels on our waterways. These channels facilitate the regrowth of marsh plants and create a habitat for native fish and wildlife. Click here to pre-register your tree delivery. Deliveries must be pre-registered.

Brant-Brantford Twin Valley Zoo uses your old Christmas tree as food and enrichment for its animals. You can drop off your tree, free from tinsel, fake snow, hooks and anything else, at 84 Langford Church Rd in Brantford. Leave it in the designated spot, behind the little house near the shed.  Donations are limited, so if you can’t give your tree to one of these great spots, the garbage collectors will pick it up curbside.

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