Christmas Tree Recycling Fundraiser

Wed, December 26, 2018 10:00 AM - Tue, January 8, 2019, 4:30 PM UBC Botanical Garden. UBC Botanical Garden will again host its annual tree-chipping service and collect donations for a local school's garden project.

Tree Chipping Event
Date: December 26, 2018 - January 8, 2019
Time: 10 am - 4:30 pm
Cost: $5 suggested donation

Community members are encouraged to drop off Christmas trees for recycling at UBC Botanical Garden, where they will be chipped into mulch and used on garden trails. Decorations, including tinsel, must be removed. No yard trimmings please as they may contain invasive plants and can harm the botanical garden.

Proceeds from this fundraiser will support the SPEC School Gardens Program at Thunderbird Elementary. Thunderbird is located across the street from the largest social housing project in the province, which is where many of the students live. The school has many vulnerable students who, in spite of the challenges that their families face, are resilient and amazing. Many are from disadvantaged families, single parent households, and new immigrant and refugee families. Many of these students do not have yards and would otherwise not have an opportunity to be exposed to gardening. SPEC's programming provides these students an opportunity to connect to food, nature and their environment by introducing the power of gardens. The Thunderbird school garden is an empowering way to engage students in real life experiences, where they learn about food security and how to grow their own organic produce.

Tree chipping is generously supported by UBC Plant Operations and UBC Custodial Services.