MEMORIES of 100 Christmases are being stockpiled - in a car park.

That is the number of discarded fir trees that families have deposited at the Guisborough Forest and Walkway for mulching.

Work on grinding the trees down starts today. The chippings will be used for mulching hedgerows and flower-beds.

A spokeswoman at the centre said gardeners will be welcome to pick up bags of chippings to mulch their gardens.

Middlesbrough Council will collect the trees for recycling this week only. For collection call (01642) 726001 between 8am and 6pm, before Friday.