Rhinos receive a late christmas gift

Weston Favell shopping centre has donated trees from their spectacular Enchanted Forest Grotto to Woburn Safari Park. All of the cut trees that featured in the centre’s Christmas centrepiece have now been chipped and turned into bedding for rhinos at the safari park.

The grotto, which consisted of 120 real fir trees and believed to be the first live forest created in an indoor shopping centre, closed its doors on Christmas Eve. Now Santa and his elves have returned back to the North Pole, it’s time for the Norway Spruce fir trees to be recycled and used for a good cause. 

The trees were chipped by a local tree services and landscaping company, Mulberry Tree, who visited the centre on Thursday 11th January to help deliver the chippings to Woburn. The remaining wood chip was then delivered on Sunday by a local scouts group visiting the rhinos at the park. 

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Chris Smart, Head Keeper in Reserves said, “The chippings will be used to make a fragrant and skin-friendly bedding material for our Southern white rhino herd.  The animals will no doubt enjoy this change from their usual straw bedding, as the pine will provide an interesting aroma, and it is also known for its benefits as a natural disinfectant. We have three females and two males living in a secure house at Woburn Safari Park; weighing in at nearly a ton each, they get through plenty of bedding materials, so this donation from Weston Favell shopping centre is very much appreciated.”