TREE-CYCLING AT BUSCH GARDENS® BRINGS NEW MEANING TO GOING GREEN

TREE-CYCLING AT BUSCH GARDENS® BRINGS NEW MEANING TO GOING GREEN

2/5/2014 12:13:00 PM

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TREE-CYCLING AT BUSCH GARDENS® BRINGS NEW MEANING TO GOING GREEN

Christmas Town™ Evergreens Take On New Role After Holiday-Themed Event

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Chipped trees that have been turned into mulch can be seen throughout the park such as the Eagle Ridge habitat.

WILLIAMSBURG (Feb. 5, 2014)- For many Christmas trees, life ends after the holiday is over. Stripped of their lights, they wait forlornly at the curb to be hauled off to fates unknown. For the 1,500 trees leftover from Busch Gardens’ Christmas Town™, however, life goes on. The Virginia theme park puts the Frasers firs that decorated the pathways of their annual holiday celebration to good use.

In the landscaping department, some of the trees are put through a wood-chipper and these chips are then set aside to age.

“In spring when we do our mulching the recycled chips are used in back areas and under mature trees said Sheila Cox, a horticulture technician at Busch Gardens®, The chipped Christmas Town trees make approximately 40 to 50 tons of mulch each year.

Foxes, Arctic wolves, Clydesdales and even an African serval also help with the park’s tree-cycling efforts.  Trees are put in their habitats as an enrichment exercise that is both mentally and physically stimulating for the animals.

“Sometimes the smell and texture of the tree is interesting enough to the animals, but we may also hide food or toys in the tree for the animals to find,” said Jennah Moore, an Associate Animal Care specialist at Busch Gardens.

For more information on the park’s Christmas Town tree-cycling efforts, visit the Inside Busch Gardens blog.

Repurposing Christmas Town trees is just one of the ways that the world’s most beautiful theme park is committed to going green. The park uses an average of 600 gallons of reclaimed water from air conditioning condensate and water from rain barrels situated throughout the park to water some of its greenery. The Busch Gardens’ greenhouse staff also releases tens of thousands of beneficial bugs into the park each year as a natural form of pest management.

Busch Gardens green efforts will take on a celebratory tone when the park re-opens for the 2014 season on March 16.  The park’s Irish village will be decorated as part of an early St. Patrick’s Day celebration. The Busch Gardens Fun offers guests the best option to enjoy the park’s festivities all spring and summer long.  For a limited time, guests who purchase their Busch Gardens Fun Card online can get unlimited Admission to Water Country USA added free.  For more information, visit www.buschgardens.com/va.

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