A Crewkerne business found an animal friendly way of recycling their Christmas tree, by taking it along to Ferne Animal Sanctuary for its herd of goats. The large tree which had stood resplendent in St Bartholomew’s Church during the Christmas Tree Festival was stripped of its adornments and taken by Colin Roberts, funeral director at A E Stoodley & Son to be enjoyed by the goats.
While pine needles can be toxic to many animals, goats thrive on a diet of roughage and the tannins act as a natural anti-parasitic to the ruminants who have chambered stomachs and can easily digest the greenery. The hens at Ferne can also enjoy nibbling or playing with the pine needles and the bare branches will provide a natural habitat for many of nature’s smaller creatures.
Recycling trees in this way, not only makes lots of animals happy but keeps them out of landfill sites. Funeral director Tracey Warren said: “It was the natural choice when we were looking to recycle our Christmas tree. I have always supported Ferne Animal Sanctuary as my two Parsons terriers came from there.”