STAFF at Webbs Garden Centre in West Hagley are urging people to recycle their Christmas trees there in an initiative that runs from Saturday until Wednesday, January 9.

Last year hundreds of people took up the offer to make use of the free service and Webbs hopes it will prove even more popular this year.

The trees are made into chippings, which are then composted for a year and used as mulch around the grounds at Webbs.

More than six million natural Christmas trees were bought in the UK last year and most were thrown out after the festivities.

Webbs executive chairman Ed Webb said: “People are much more environmentally aware and keen to recycle wherever possible. Having the tree recycling initiative right here on the doorstep makes it simple and hassle-free for local people to do their bit.“ People can take their trees for recycling during normal opening hours.