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Edition No. 132

Date:- 03 January 200

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ICELAND's store on Stonedale Park, Liverpool got into the Christmas spirit last week, with a fancy dress cheque presentation to the retailers' charity of the year - Breast Cancer Campaign.

Christmas cheer was in abundance, Father Christmas was on the checkout, fairies were in the freezers and elves ensured that shelves were stocked to capacity, as Louise Ajdukiewicz Partnership Senior Manager; Breast Cancer Campaign received a cheque for £164,000, which was raised by Iceland colleagues across the country.

Store manager, Cathy Hutson, said:- "We were thrilled that our store was chosen as the venue for the cheque presentation, which was the result of lots of colleagues going that extra mile. We wanted to make this a day to remember so what better way than fancy dress which meant we could also carry on the fundraising. Here's to the next £100,000."


EARLY IN January, most Local Authorities within the Mersey Forest area will be operating the popular free Christmas Tree Recycling Service. People will be able to take their Christmas Trees to one of several convenient places where they will be chipped or composted for growing new trees. Promoted by The Mersey Forest, the local authority schemes offer an environmentally friendly way to dispose of thousands of otherwise redundant trees and Christmas cards after the festive season in Merseyside and North Cheshire.

Local MPs across the area support the scheme, including Ben Chapman, MP for Wirral South and Helen Jones MP for Warrington North. Helen said that:- "Each year many thousands of real Christmas trees are bought and all should be disposed of with the arrival of 12th Night. If this is not done responsibly, the environment will suffer - either through the wastage of valuable landfill space or the mindless dumping of trees in non-suitable locations which then have to be dealt with by the local authority, wasting taxpayers' money. By far the best option is to take your tree to your local Waste Reception Centre or special collection point where the trees will be transformed into useful compost and provide ecological benefit rather than harm."

To ensure that having a 'real' tree at Christmas is sustainable, the Forestry Commission has pledged to plant more than one tree for every one that is bought from their sustainable woodlands.

Paul Nolan, Director of the Mersey Forest Team said:- "The environmental benefits of trees are now well known, from reducing pollution levels to slowing water run-off into rivers, streams and drains. One aim of the Mersey Forest Project is to treble tree cover in the area and the Christmas Tree recycling scheme ensures that redundant trees are turned into useful compost, helping to grow new trees Merseyside and North Cheshire which can only be a good thing!"


Ellesmere Port BC Take your trees and bags for chippings to:-

o Whitby Park, Ellesmere Port on 10 January between 11:00am and 3:00pm. Mountwood Road Waste Reclamation Centre, Clatterbridge, South Wirral Contact Leisure Services. Any chippings you don't take away are used in Parks.

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Liverpool City Council

13 temporary 'Xmas Tree Bins' (XTB's) - dedicated areas fenced off with Chestnut Pale will be open 24 hrs from 6 Jan to the 13 January Alderfield Drive - by entrance to Millwood Kings Drive - Central Reservation near Halewood Drive Calderstones Park - Yew Tree Road Car Park. Calderstones Park Calderstones Road Car Park. Long Lane Rec - just after the Sports Centre. Otterspool Promenade first car park from Jericho Lane roundabout. Sefton Park - Review Field, near Ullet Road/Croxteth Road junction. Wavertree Park - by Sports Centre Car Park. Newsham Park - Judges Drive/Gardner's Drive triangle. Everton Park - on Observation Terrace. Stanley Park - Sports Centre Car Park. Croxteth Country Park - Car Park Field. Walton Hall Park - in Car Park by Blackthorne Road.

All green waste is turned into mulch.

Halton BC To be Confirmed

Christmas trees and cards can be taken to the Recycling and Household Waste Centres at Johnsons Lane in Widnes and Picow Farm Road in Runcorn. They are both open each day from 8:00am to 6:00pm.

Warrington BC

All Household Waste Recycling centres will have special Green Waste skips for Christmas trees. Or if your tree is very big ask staff for help to put it in the Timber skips. Open every day except Christmas Day and all waste is chipped into compost at Haddocks Wood. 

o Gatewarth - off Barnard Street
o Wooston - New Cut Lane
o Stockton Heath - Sandy Lane (trees but no cards at this site)

Sefton MBC

There will be collection points operating between 5 to the 31 January at:--

o Esplanade Park and Ride, Southport
o Lifeboat Road, Formby
o Marine Park, Crosby
o Plus all recycling centres until 5pm each evening:- Foul Lane in Southport; Altcar Road in Formby and Sefton Meadows Waste Reception Centre in Magull.

Vale Royal BC

Drop your tree off at one of the following collection points where trees will be shredded to make mulch for the Borough's shrub beds.


Old Warrington Road Household Waste Site, Northwich Station Road Car Park, off Church Street, Frodsham Bradford Road, Winsford Castle Park, Frodsham near Skateboarding ramp. Up to Monday 12 Jan 2004 Wyevale Garden Centre, Forest Road, Cotebrook on or before Tuesday 13 January. Weaver Vale Garden Centre, Warrington Lane, Northwich on or before 14 January. Christmas cards and wrapping paper can be taken to Wyvern House, The Drumber, Winsford, Northwich Information Centre and Castle Park, Frodsham until 31 January.

St Helens MBC There will be separate skips for Christmas trees at four Waste Reception Centres from the 5 of January open seven days a week from 8:00am and 5:00pm.

o Burtonhead Road, St Helens
o Junction Lane, Newton le Willows
o Southerns Lane, Rainsford
o Tasker Terrace, Rainhill 

Your Christmas tree will be turned re-used as mulch to help weed control and you can also drop your Christmas cards for recycling into one of the wheelie bins at all the above waste reception centres, WH Smith stores, St Helen's Town Hall, Central Library, Wasley House, Lincoln House and the Rivington Centre 31 Jan. All proceeds go to The Woodland Trust.

Knowsley MBC Take your trees to the following recycling points and the council will turn them surfacing for paths and bridleways.

Sunday 11 January between 10.00 am and 2.00 pm.

o ASDA Car Park, Archway Road, Huvton
o Millbrook Park, Kirkby
o Stadt Moers Park, Pottery Lane, Whiston

Forestry Commission, Delamere Christmas Trees will be chipped at the Christmas Tree site in the Whitefield Car Park throughout January from 9:00am to 5:00pm. Mulch is recycled throughout the forest.

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