Environmentally-minded Nottinghamshire residents have helped raised £1,000 towards a new minibus for Portland College students.
Each year, our waste contractor Veolia encourages people with real Christmas trees to take them along to their local recycling centre in January. They can then be shredded for composting, rather than left to rot at the bottom of the garden.
As a result of this tree-cycling, Veolia donated £1,000 to Portland College.
Portland College is a specialist college based in Mansfield. It works with people with disabilities to develop their employability, independence and communication skills. It is, our chairman, Councillor Woodhead's chosen charity for her year in office.
Lea Hawkes, General Manager for Veolia said, "This is a fantastic achievement and we would like to say a big thank you to all the 'Tree-cyclers' of Nottinghamshire for helping to raise funds for this worthwhile charity, while also helping the environment by recycling.
"This annual campaign has captured people’s interest and I am pleased that residents have taken part."
Councillor Jim Creamer, chairman of our environment and sustainability committee said, "It’s good news that this initiative continues to help the environment and has raised money towards a new mini bus which will be of great benefit for students."
Damon Musgrove, Portland College's fundraising manager added, "This tree-cycle campaign is fantastic. It has brought us a step closer to buying a much-needed, specially modified minibus.
"With 400 learners on site, having this bus will open up many more opportunities, including learners being able to go on more leisure and educational visits, attend off-site training, work experience placements and getting to medical appointments more easily and comfortably."