Your real Christmas tree no doubt looked great while it was up but when it’s time to take it down make sure it doesn’t go to waste.

From making garden mulch to creating a wildlife shelter – here are a selection of ideas on ways to recycle your tree. If none of these are possible then recycle it for free in the green waste section of your local recycling centre where it can be made into compost. The Norwich Recycling Centre on Swanton Road in Mile Cross is open for socially-distanced recycling 7 days a week from 9-5pm (1 October to 31 March) and 9-7.30pm (1 April to 30 September).

If you have a container-grown Christmas tree then place it outdoors as soon as possible. You can plant it in the garden or keep it in the pot. Make sure it doesn’t dry out and, if keeping it in a pot, pot on into a larger container in spring. If you use mycorrhizal fungi when planting you’ll be encouraging the development of a healthy fibrous root system which will help protect from stresses such as disease and drought – perfect for next year when you want to bring it inside again!

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