Elephants & rhinos branch out with recycled Christmas trees

23rd Feb 2022

Big zoo animals and staff alike at Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm have been delighted to be met with yet again a huge number of donated Christmas trees and there’s still time to donate your tree.

It’s estimated over 1,000 Christmas trees have been donated so far following the zoo’s now annual call to recycle trees. Groundskeepers predict the zoo is on route to receive approximately the same number if not higher, for use at the zoo.

Staff at the zoo planted a Christmas tree forest for the resident African elephants. 16-year-old Janu got to explore the trees but many of them didn’t last long against the approximately 4-ton animal.

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“It is an ever-growing mountain of trees that we receive here, and we’re so thankful to our local communities and guests to help the zoo encourage reducing waste and turn something bought temporarily for Christmas into a wide-reaching benefit for the year ahead.” said Larry Bush, Managing Director of Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm

In addition to trees in enclosures, North Somerset Council’s street cleansing and grounds contractor Glendale have helped the zoo farm, turning donated trees so far into over 6 trailer loads of chipping mulch that provides substrate for the bottom of animal enclosures and contributes to plant bedding across the 100-acre site.

“North Somerset Council are very pleased to be supporting the Christmas tree scheme once again this year. It’s a great way to support local communities and charities, whilst following a sustainable approach.” Said Councillor Mike Solomon

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“Instead of just becoming another waste item the trees are repurposed and are used again as a valuable resource. This is all done locally which helps cut down on transportation and carbon emissions and supports our commitment to the climate emergency.” He continued

It’s also currently kids go half price at the zoo so people wishing to donate their Christmas tree can do so until 23rd January, when the zoo is open from 10.30am – 4pm and stop by the zoo to enjoy a discounted rate until 31st January.

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