TREES bedecked in sparkling lights and glittering decorations may be taking pride of place in our homes this month, but what will you do with yours when Christmas is over?

A Herefordshire hospice is offering to collect Christmas trees from every household in Hereford this New Year.

Bartestree-based St Michael's Hospice says it hopes the idea will take the stress out of disposing of real trees once the festivities are over.

As well as offering the service within the city boundaries, St Michael’s will also collect trees from a number of villages close to Hereford.

"Getting rid of your Christmas tree can be a stressful time, so hopefully this will make things a little easier," said hospice events manager, Matt Ashcroft.

"In previous years we have been amazed by the support our community has shown to this service, and we hope this New Year will be no different.

"This support helps us continue to make a real difference to the lives of our patients and their families.

"Enormous thanks must go to Quickskip Recycling in Rotherwas who recycle the trees each year."

Tree collections must be booked in advance on the St Michael’s Hospice website.

Each tree collection will cost £10, with the money going to St Michael’s.

The trees will be collected from homes on selected dates from January 2 to 15.