Depending on what you believe, today is Twelfth Night and time to take down your Christmas tree.

The Church of England says Twelfth Night is on January 5 – and refers to the night before Epiphany, the day when the nativity story tells us that the three wise men visited baby Jesus

Many believe Twelfth Night falls on January 6, at the end of the 12th day after Christmas, and keep their decorations up for an extra day.

If you have a real Christmas tree and are left wondering what to do with it, then here's a guide depending on where you live. 

Bournemouth council will be collecting real Christmas trees between January 9 and 20.

You will need to make sure your Christmas tree is visible to the collection crews.

Residents are asked to leave their trees at the edge of their property between 5am until 8pm on the opposite week to your recycling collection.

If you miss your collection, you'll need to take your tree to Millhams Community Recycling Centre or Wilverley Road.

Poole residents can take their Chirstmas trees to Upton Country Park up until Monday, January 9. 

You can also recycle your tree for free at Nuffield Household Waste Recycling Centre.

Diverse Abilities will be offering a Christmas tree recycling service on January 7 and 8.

Residents in select areas of Bournemouth, Poole, Wimborne, Ferndown, Christchurch and Blandford can book a slot online to have their real tree taken away in return for a minimum donation to the cause of £5.

For more information, go to or call 01202 718266.

Christchurch, East Dorset, North Dorset and Christchurch residents can put their tree in their garden waste bin (if they have one) for their first collection from January 6 onwards. 

Real Christmas trees can also be taken to your local household recycling centre and placed in the garden waste container for composting, free of charge. 

Alternatively, you can put your tree next to your bin on your first rubbish collection after 6 January (not recycling collection).

Trees collected with rubbish will be taken for treatment or landfill and will not be composted. 

Fake Christmas trees will not be collected.