Heavy rain did not dampen Christmas tree recycling efforts across Hertsmere in recent weeks.

In total, 214 trees were taken for shredding at locations across the borough over four days last week, the highest number so far since the council started the service in partnership with grounds maintenance contractor John O’Conner seven years ago.

Over half of the shredded trees came from Kemp Place car park in Bushey. However, Radlett saw a decrease from last year with only 38 trees being shredded.

The trees were shredded on site by a special machine and then taken away to be made into mulch which is used on shrub beds in parks throughout the borough.

Councillor Jean Heywood, Environment Portfolio Holder, said: "Thanks to everyone who brought their tree along to one of the sessions and are helping us to improve the environment. And your trees will help keep your local park looking lovely."

Christmas cards can still be recycled in Costco car park in Bushey or Newberries Car Park in Radlett.