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Dorset Christmas tree recycling firm growing rapidly
A CHRISTMAS tree recycling firm set up in Dorset has gone national.
Trees For Rent.com is flourishing since it started life in a poultry farm on the outskirts of Dorchester.
This is the first year that business partners and married couple Peter Inch and Joanna Hunt have been able to offer trees anywhere in the country from Land’s End to John O’Groats.
The pair tell how they filled a gap in the overcrowded Christmas market.
IT’S only October but some of us are dreaming of a white Christmas already.
But Peter Inch and Joanna Hunt have their hearts set on a green Christmas.
Little did they think that 2013 would see them boasting Sir Richard Branson as one of their biggest clients and turning down business investment from the ‘dragons’ of TV’s Dragons’ Den.
The couple, who have always been poultry farmers, thought of starting a business at their Charminster farm offering the loan of recycled trees for Christmas after noticing a large number of discarded trees on the street after the festive period one year.
When trees are returned they are replanted and kept alive throughout the year so they can be used again.
Peter said: “I was driving around one year and noticed so many dead trees in car parks and outside businesses that had been discarded.
“I then looked into how much good 6ft and 7ft trees could do for the environment.
“Turning carbon dioxide into oxygen is a great thing and I think Christmas trees are beautiful products.”
Joanna said dead Christmas trees are normally shredded or burned.
She said: “Burning harms the ozone layer.
“The UK uses up to eight million cut Christmas trees a year which does nothing for the environment.
“We hope that more and more businesses and households will start using recycled trees.
“Businesses have to prove that they’re improving their carbon footprint.
“A recycled tree is the only way to have a proper sustainable Christmas tree.”
Last year Trees for Rent dispatched trees to Virgin Money branches across the country.
The climate-friendly Christmas business has even caught the attention of news organisations around the globe, with CNN doing a report on the business.
The report even triggered a flurry of orders from across the pond, even though the firm doesn’t do international deliveries!
Peter said: “We knew from day one that this business had potential.
“We were invited on to Dragons’ Den as an existing business to ask for funding but we turned it down.”
It may only be October, but things are already getting busy for Trees for Rent.
Orders are already being taken for Christmas and trees will start to be delivered five or six weeks before Christmas.
Trees are then collected again over 12 days, beginning January 2.
Extra members of staff will be taken on to handle the tree deliveries and to take orders from the Charminster office, which Peter and Joanna describe as the firm’s ‘centre of excellence’.
PETER and Joanna supplied a ‘mini forest’ consisting of 150 8ft festive trees for a ‘corporate children’s party’ in London for the offspring of members of private banking firm Coutts.
The trees they are supplying this year are Fraser and Nordman firs.
They have supplied a handful of UK celebrities with their trees.
Peter and Joanna said they even supply trees for Christmases celebrated at other times of the year, such as a request from the family of a returning serviceman.
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