Hungry Goats Save Waste By Eating Christmas Trees In Gateshead

A local community garden has a herd of hungry goats doing their part to save waste from the festive period.

Cred: Jonathan Wallace

Christmas Tree waste accounts for around 160,000 tonnes of waste each January. This accounts for both artificial and real Christmas trees but at Whinnies Community Gardens in Sunniside, Gateshead a herd of goats are doing what they can to help.

Organised by Jonathan Wallace, the Gardens have taken in masses of real Christmas trees as food for the goats. Having a herd of goats, it is surely an environmentally friendly way of recycling your Christmas tree. Jonathan Wallace has said “Don’t throw away your Christmas tree. Let us have it for our goats! They love them.”. It’s a superb healthy snack for the goats and as Jonathan has mentioned they love them.


Rotting Christmas trees give off 100,000 tons of toxic gases, and the goats are doing their bit to help the planet. During the decomposition of Christmas trees. methane gas is produced which adds to the greenhouse effect. The most environmentally friendly way to dispose of your Christmas tree would be to take it to a local farm, zoo, or to Whinnies Community Gardens.

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