With Santa Claus and his reindeer relaxing back at the North Pole with their feet up and the festive season a fond memory – this weekend Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens are offering people the chance to donate their old real Christmas trees in return for discounted entry into the Zoo.

People often struggle to find easy and positive ways to recycle their well-loved Christmas trees with many of them being discarded in gardens, allotments or even fly-tipped in public places. But the Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens Christmas Tree amnesty will mean the trees will get a second life inside the animal enclosures as bedding or grooming aides.

Steven Sykes, Animal Resource Centre Manager at Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens, said: “Christmas Trees are beautiful to look at when they are colourfully decorated with baubles and tinsel in people’s front rooms but they tend to become difficult to discard once Christmas is over.

“We have come up with a fun, useful and environmentally friendly way to recycle those trees that can benefit the local wildlife. The trees have multiple uses for the animals with some of them liking to nibble and gnaw on the trunks and branches.”

People can bring their old Christmas trees along to Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens this Saturday and Sunday (12 and 13 January) with a special admission deal being in place. People can benefit from one free adult entry or a half price Family Pass.

Over the weekend the venue and attraction located near to Ponteland in Northumberland will be open from 10am until 4pm. Please visit www.kirkleyhallzoo.co.uk for further information.