|Posted on Monday, 22 January, 2007 - 02:26 pm: |
I had my eye wiped yesterday by small time crook. I left my christmas tree in the front garden and planned to drag it to the Hilly Fields disposal site. Of course, each weekend went by and the propect of having to drag this tree up Brockley Rise never proved appealing so I procrastinated and the tree sat in my garden. I would happily have paid the LA to take it away like they do with my garden waste, but they refused. I also checked if I could get a taxi/van to take it away but the cheapest offer I got was £35, which frankly was too expensive. Then, yesterday a young man rang my doorbell offering to take it away for a princely £2. He confirmed he would take it to the dump beside Old Kent Road. I gave him the £2 and off he went with my tree. Of course it was all too good to be true. On my way to work this morning, I spotted what appears to be my tree lying on the footpath... Oh dear....
|Posted on Tuesday, 23 January, 2007 - 10:46 am: |
We've had a fake tree for two years. But I am sure Lewisham council used to have a Christmas tree collection day in January. Because we did have a real tree for a few years. I can't be imagining this. Why did this service stop?
|Posted on Tuesday, 23 January, 2007 - 10:21 pm: |
An option could be to use the council's garden waste bags, available at Libraries £10 for 10 bags. The council will pick up the bags for free, you'd probably get a tree into 2 bags. You could save the other bags for next year or use for other garden waste.
|Posted on Tuesday, 23 January, 2007 - 10:32 pm: |
A better option is to buy one in a pot - we have had ours for three Xmas's so no need to dispose of it- it just grows bigger and better for next year. £5 per Xmas.
|Posted on Wednesday, 24 January, 2007 - 10:45 am: |
If you do chop it up and put it in the bags which Loneranger mentions, the council will take it away with the rest of your garden waste.
(Roz' option is the one which we've been using for a similar no. of yrs and is the best, no doubt).
|Posted on Wednesday, 24 January, 2007 - 11:13 am: |
Lewisham Council increased the number of christmas tree disposal sites this christmas to make it easier for those who have gone to the trouble of buying real trees and transported them home. We are also very pleased that Sainsbury's provided the same service. So the the provision was there for everyone to use. Lola, it just goes to show that there are a lot of con artists out there. As usual, Roz's advice is good.
|Posted on Saturday, 27 January, 2007 - 10:03 am: |
Having said all that, its been a struggle keeping our tree alive during the summer drought as it is a very thirsty plant, and don't think it will survive another one!