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Let Arboretum Chip Away Your Holiday Tree

POTTSTOWN PA – Don’t throw out your Christmas tree. Let a stranger walk on it instead.

That’s the idea, sort of, behind the effort of Althouse Arboretum, the nature center and community park at 1794 Gilbertsville Rd. in Upper Pottsgrove, to have area residents donate their holiday’s-over-evergreens. The arboretum, with the help of members of the Pottsgrove High School “Spark The Wave” club and the township, wants to chip those trees into a soft, springy and highly walkable surface for new trails and other projects.

The arboretum will hold a holiday tree collection day Jan. 9 (2016; Saturday) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Gilbertsville Road site. Donors can bring their trees there, and students and other volunteers will help unload and stack them for the chippers.

“Don’t waste a good tree,” the arboretum staff implores in a poster distributed online. It noted that Green Allies, the non-profit organization that helped launch and manages the site, has already begun construction of a new environmental education center. Recycling the used trees for its trails will reduce costs and help the environment too.

For more information, call the arboretum at 267-371-2288.

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