Great grandma Audrey is a rising star of card recycling

Audrey Hutchinson with the Rev Canon Judy Glover, from  St Paul's  Church, North Sunderland.
Audrey Hutchinson with the Rev Canon Judy Glover, from St Paul's Church, North Sunderland.

Great grandma Audrey Hutchinson is the queen of green.

The 92-year-old, from Seahouses, has collected more than 11,000 Christmas cards for recycling over the last four years – including 5,000 last year – along with the help of son Quentin.

She is a long-time supporter of a scheme organised by The Woodland Trust and M&S to encourage people to recycle their cards after the festive season.

M&S has pledged to plant one tree for every 1,000 cards donated in store throughout January.

Audrey said: “I have always recycled cards but I think this scheme is a wonderful idea and the fact that trees get planted because of our efforts makes it that little bit more worthwhile. I hope more people in Northumberland get involved to help support our forests and woodland.”

Working with a number of local churches and others in the community, Audrey and Quentin are continuing to work hard to encourage more people in the region to donate any unwanted Christmas cards.

The Woodland Trust and M&S have set a target to collect and recycle more than six million cards across the UK, which would mean more than 6,000 new trees in the ground. If everyone in Northumberland donates one Christmas card, more than 316 trees could be planted.

The Trust’s Joanne Mathieson: said: “Through collecting more than 32million cards over the last four years, the public and M&S have helped us plant more than 32,000 trees. The beauty of the M&S Christmas Card Scheme lies in its simplicity.

“People simply need to collect up all their cards after Christmas, which are often lying about, take them to their local M&S store – there are bins in most stores – and M&S will do the rest.”