Live Christmas trees are beautiful, fragrant, and steeped in Yuletide traditions, but many wonder what to do with it after the season is over. Darke County Parks in conjunction with Darke County Solid Waste are again offering their Christmas Tree Recycling program. Drop off live Christmas trees at Shawnee Prairie Preserve on St. Rt. 502 just west of Greenville between December 27th and January 13th. Just follow the signs up the service road to the drop off location. The trees will be shredded and used as mulch on the parks paths and walking trails. Please remove all ornaments, lights, wire, tinsel, and nails prior to drop off, and regretfully they cannot accept trees with fake snow. For more information about this or any of the other park district programs, please call the Nature Center at (937) 548-0165.
Did you know? Germany is credited with starting the Christmas tree tradition in the 16th century when devout Christians brought decorated trees into their homes.