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Guide Dogs call for a crackdown on ‘dangerous’ Christmas tree dumping | UK | News

Guide Dogs call for a crackdown on ‘dangerous’ Christmas tree dumping | UK | News

A charity that supports people with sight loss is calling on the British public to stop dumping their Christmas trees on the pavement as it creates dangerous obstacles for the visually impaired. Dramatic pictures taken from different locations across the country by Guide Dogs, based in Bishop’s Tachbrook, Warwickshire, shows discarded trees blocking footpaths and pathways. Often, this leaves people with a vision impairment no choice but to step into the road, exposing them to oncoming traffic unnecessarily. Hannah Trussler, Policy and Campaigns Manager at Guide Dogs, said: “Christmas trees left on pavements cause a real issue for people with a vision impairment. “Obstacles blocking the pavement are a nuisance and dangerous for everyone, but potentially dangerous if you are a wheelchair user forced onto the road, pushing a child in a buggy or have sight loss and can’t see traffic coming towards you.” Britons typically take down their Christmas trees during the first week of January ahead of Twelfth Night, which traditionally marks the end of Christmas. But the tree problem is fast becoming …