14  Wood waste

This section is about wood directly from trees.  For reclaimed wood (post-consumer) see below for related sections such as Timber reclamation and Furniture and wood products from reclaimed materials.  Wood decomposes very slowly, composting is not a practical solution, although fallen trees can be left in situ should the opportunity arise, when they will support insects, bird life and fungi.  Otherwise, sale to a sawmill should be considered for good specimens, particularly oak and sought-after hardwoods, used for turnery - and furniture construction.  Other options include granulation into woodchips, conversion to charcoal or burning as fuel.

Wood chipping  
A solution for lighter brushwood unsuitable for logs which employs noisy, heavy duty machinery.  The resulting product can be used as a weed-suppressing mulch, informal footpath, playground or bridleway surfacing, or fuel for automatic, hopper-fed, wood-burning boilers. Considerable demand comes from public authorities and other organisations engaged in landscaping.

Animal bedding 
Wood waste can be shredded to create comfortable, quality bedding for animals from horses to hens and hamsters. The low dust content of bedding made from wood waste – or from waste paper – can help animals prone to respiratory problems. 

Charcoal production 
In an expanding British market, some 50,000 tonnes per year of charcoal are consumed by barbecue chefs. A growing proportion is home-produced as a high-quality by-product of hardwood forest waste. The remainder is imported: much from sources which contribute to the destruction of mangrove swamps and rainforests. Home production is mainly carried out by about 200 small-scale operators. A typical 'burn' takes a week, producing a third of a tonne of charcoal with a wholesale value of about £200 from 2 tonnes of waste. This industry is set to expand with the introduction of portable steel kilns, organised marketing, and support from important retail chains. It could provide an outlet for up to 300,000 tonnes per year of hardwood waste unsuitable for timber production, and an option for owners of neglected broadleaf woodland or tree maintenance contractors.

The ecosystems that support wildlife depend on a complex chain of evolution of mixed and sufficient habitat, including mature, rotting and fallen trees.  In the face of growing demand for 'waste' wood for new uses, and a widespread lack of understanding that nature cannot flourish where everything is too tidy or overmanaged, our native species will continue to go extinct, adding to a worldwide problem already being made worse because of climate change.  Perhaps some monitoring is needed so new uses for waste wood should be practical, not frivolous.

Also see
Green waste and composting (11)
Wood burning (15)
Building materials reclamation
Timber reclamation (23)
Architectural salvage (24)
Pallets and cases (52)
Furniture and household goods (82)
Furniture and wood products from reclaimed materials (350)
Green building and decorating (430)
Natural death (470)


Free information poster:

The Tree Council (Tel 0207 407 9992, info@treecouncil.org.uk, listed below)
launched its
2004 Trees TLC Campaign in Mar 2004 -
a checklist of advice on - 
Tending: Loosening ties and checking stakes; and Clearing.

Free poster with more info from www.treecouncil.org.uk or by post from 
Holborn Direct Mail, 2-6 Rothsay Street, London SE1 4UD, 
fax 020 7357 6065, or peter@holborndirectmail.co.uk 

Alphabetical list of organisations

Alistair Bromhead  

Tel 07932 674 707
Email a@abromhead.co.uk   Website www.abromhead.co.uk

Independent health, safety and environmental consultant with ten years experience.  Specialises in the furniture and timber industry, but also works for organisations in a variety of other sectors across the country.  Commissioned on retainer to a number of trade associations, and actively involved in providing advice to several hundred member companies.  Acts as a helpline adviser on environment legislation and best practice for the Government's Envirowise initiative, as well as undertaking waste minimisation counselling.  Works for individual companies, either on an ad-hoc basis or annual retainer agreement.  (Updated  July 2005

Arboricultural Association
Tel 01794 368717  Fax 01794 368978 
Email  admin@trees.org.uk   Website  www.trees.org.uk 
Ampfield House, Ampfield, ROMSEY, Hants SO51 9PA 

Provides information on tree care for enthusiasts or professionals.  Aims to advance study of arboriculture; raise standards; foster interest through publications, exhibitions and stimulation of research or experiment; assist in training students; co-operate with bodies having similar aims.  Active for 40 years.  Free Directory of Approved Contractors who have knowledge of maintenance, planting, pruning, cable bracing, pest and disease control and felling of trees in difficult positions.  Lists consultants with knowledge of how tree care relates to construction, planning, architecture, tree protection on development sites, landscaping, forestry, and horticulture.  Newsletter and journal for members, several books and guides, and annual trade fair in June.  Runs various training courses.  Tree Council (see listing below) recommends the AA for advice on work on large trees.  (Updated May 2004)

Arden Wood Shavings Ltd

Tel 01675 443888  Fax 01675 443873
Kenilworth Road, Hampton in Arden, SOLIHULL, West Mids B92 0LP

Collection of wood shavings and sawdust for conversion to animal bedding and industrial spillage absorbents.

Ayers, W & Co

Tel 01865 358806
Corner Farm, Oakley Road, Horton cum Studley OXFORD OX33 1BJ

Timber merchant specialising in British hardwoods.  Customers (by appointment only) are encouraged to select their own individual timber.  Possible purchaser of suitable individual trees.

Barrow and Holding
Tel / Fax 01442 252339
58 Glenview Road, Boxmoor, HEMEL HEMPSTEAD, Herts HP1 1TB
Contact  Ian Barrow

Arboriculturalist.  Logs are recycled, planked, used for firewood or sold to a charcoal company.  Brushwood is chipped and passed to local authorities, golf courses etc.  Vegetable oil is used to operate chainsaws.

Beacon Forestry

Tel 0131 228 4176  Fax 0131 229 4827
2A Rutland Square, EDINBURGH 2, Scotland EH1 2AS

Well established independent timber marketing service specialising in electronic auctions and tenders for all standing and felled softwood and hardwood.  Also runs the free Woodlots magazine (circ. 6,500 approx) for the Forestry Authority for the sale of small lots of sawn and round timber.  Free advice service on all aspects of timber marketing.

Bioregional Treestations  
Tel 0208 404 4891  
Email atolfts@onetel.net.uk  
Contact  Andrew Tolfts

The loss of natural forests around the world is a major environmental concern, yet our traditional woodlands lie neglected.  The London Tree Officers Association (LTOA)  (see below) estimate that London generates 54,000 m3 of tree surgery waste per annum of which 51% is dumped and 11% burnt.  Yet this wood is a renewable resource which can be put to good use.  There is potential to produce a range of wood products from sawn timber to energy.  If simple forestry practices are introduced in managing urban trees, both useful lifespan and value as timber can be increased, so contributing to local sustainability. 

TreeStations are sites (either urban or rural) to which local woodland and tree managers and owners can bring woody waste, rather than sending it to landfill.  The station develops new uses for wood, and converts it into useful products.  Managing local trees and woodlands sustainably provides environmental, social and economic benefits: it reduces the environmental impact of transporting timber, and benefits people working and living locally. 

In partnership with the London Borough of Croydon, BioRegional has set up a pilot TreeStation, with a small sawmill, setting an example by good management of trees through Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification and improving the environment for local people.  Woodlands are highly valued by local residents, and local people are involved in managing four woodlands, removing invasive species and bringing back young growth and a variety of light and shade, so primroses, bluebells and other plants and animals have returned.  Management of trees in parks and gardens has improved too.  Ecological monitoring, helped by BTCV (British trust for Conservation Volunteers) has reduced the amount of waste wood going into landfill.  This links with other examples of sustainable living such as the BedZED development (see sections on Green Building, Energy Use and Transport).  Some timber has been sold for pulp,  firewood or charcoal (Bioregional Charcoal Co Ltd); some wood products have been marketed locally.  Croydon is the only urban area in the world certified by FSC (see section on Environmental labelling) as a sustainably managed forest. 

Charcoal was made for 4 years from several hundred tonnes of timber, but production has stopped to avoid smoke nuisance.  Most of the wood from Croydon is to be used in a combined heat and power (CHP) plant at the recently built BedZED development.  Commissioned in February 2002, it requires 1000 tonnes of wood chip annually, closely matching the amount of wood produced in Croydon.   BioRegional is planning the first rural TreeStation in co-operation with Surrey Wildlife Trust and Surrey County Council, where there is a great range of woodland types, including a relatively large area of ancient and semi-natural broadleaved woodland.  Lessons learned will be shared through a website, site tours and seminars.  Also see entries in sections 31(paper and card), 430 (green  building), 450 (energy use) 460 (transport)  (Updated Nov 2002)  

Branching Out
Tel 01353 863221  Fax 08714 335807
Email general@branching-out.uk.net  Web www.branching-out.uk.net 
27 Grange Lane, Littleport, ELY, Cambs CB6 1HW
Contact  Roy Knights - Manager

Charity training people with learning disabilities, aiming to help them find work.  Produces a range of garden furniture and outdoor equipment, sold to fund training and support for students in office skills, recycling, carpentry, horticulture, retail, and catering.  Supplies wooden planters and hanging baskets, also veg grown on own land.  Refurbishes donated computers (in good condition, up to 7 years old), sells some parts and systems, and provides technical support.  Donated clothing should be washed; soft furniture needs kite mark or safety labels.  Working electrical items accepted - these are safety tested.  No white goods.  Many second-hand items on sale in charity shop.  Charge for delivery collection - £2.50 for Littleport, £5 for Ely.  Community cafe, and many community activities.  Recycling team collects used aluminium cans, foil, mobile phones, ink and toner cartridges (not Epson).  Recycles Christmas trees.  (Updated Nov 2005)

Tel 01923 664454 Fax 01923 664786
Centre for Waste and Recycling, Garston, WATFORD, Herts WD2 7JR
www.bre.co.uk  Email enquiries@bre.co.uk 

BRE is the UK’s leading construction and fire research centre, with extensive expertise on timber, including use of recycled timber products.

Brighton & Hove Wood Recycling Project
Tel 01273 570500  Fax 01273 570600
4 Inverness Road, BRIGHTON, East Sussex BN2 3JB (postal address only) 
Unit 32-36, Municipal Market, Circus Street, BRIGHTON, East Sussex BN2 9QF (site address only)
Email info@woodrecycling.org.uk  Web www.woodrecycling.org.uk 
Contact  Richie Simpson, Managing Director; Christian Bernard - Director  

Originator of National Community Wood Recycling Project ( see entry below) set up by Richard Mehmed, and
developer of the Recycled Wood Marque.   About 6,000 tonnes of wood a year is landfilled from the Brighton and Hove area alone.  Much is worth saving - the Woodstore is filled with tonnes of  reusable timber, most from the construction / demolition industry.  There is also wooden packaging waste and many non-returnable pallets. (see section 52).  Much household wood ends up at the local tip, or stays in garages and sheds for years.  As most "waste" timber is commercial, a charge can be made to take it away - at less than the cost of a skip, so there is a financial and environmental incentive to recycle.  Sponsored by 3 environmentally aware local building companies, a small truck was bought to collect from their building sites.  Timber was separated and stacked for collection.  The loads are sorted and as much as possible re-used, for instance as floorboards, skirting, shelves and craft materials.  Only 15% of the timber collected is returned to the waste stream.  Also collects from firms with packaging waste and pallets, and members of the public.  

A classification system was developed with the following grades:  
Grade 1   Timber good enough to sell back to the DIY / builders market.  Altough virtually anything will be useful to someone, grade 1 is wood at least 2 metres long, relatively sound, free from bad splits, nails and other contaminants.  Also sheet materials including ply, chipboard, hardboard and MDF over  1 metre square; doors in good condition; pieces of hardwood and anything "interesting".  Al though the wood might look dirty, it is suitable for many uses. 
Grade 2
Clean and sound, but too short or small to be easily sold for DIY.  Suitable to make wood products, from compost bins, bookshelves, art &craft items to high quality furniture.  Making and selling such items is a good way to raise cash and to get across the potential for using recycled wood.  The Recycled Wood Marque helps too, making it easier to identify recycled wood products. 
Grade 3
Around 80% of all wood waste, this grade is the biggest challenge - rotten fence posts, small offcuts, broken doors and everything that doesn't fit into the other two grades.  Much firewood is sold to local farmers with wood-fired boilers heating greenhouses;  lots is re-manufactured into chipboard.  A reasonably sustainable use for the large volume of this grade is as a fuel; one aim is to encourage installation of wood-fired heating / hot water systems in suitable buildings. With the need to reduce reliance on fossil fuels, wood could be widely used. 
(Updated Nov 2005) 

Bristol Wood Recycling Project

Tel 0117 972319
Website www.bwrp.org.uk  Email info@bwrp.org.uk 
13 Cattle Market Road, St Philips, BRISTOL BS1 6QW
Contact  Ben Moss, Project Director; Nicola Padden, Company Secretary 

Self funded not-for-profit social enterprise, re-investing profit in the project, more jobs, training, better equipment, and more waste saved from landfill. Dependent on help from volunteers.  Collects wood waste from many sources including building sites, schools, houses, industrial units and shops.  Takes all waste wood including pallets (whole or broken), off-cuts, MDF, and chipboard.  Benefits of the service include - reduced disposal costs; valuable resources saved; less waste to landfill; Certificate of Recycling and use of accredited 'Recycling Wood' logo.  Sells low cost recycled timber to the public at the Wood Shop. Huge range that is constantly changing: timber suitable for building, DIY, hobbies, art, craft, home and garden.  Aims to be always cheaper than other timber vendors.  Can cut wood to size and sand.  Also sells goods made by work placement volunteers and, during winter, bags of recycled timber kindling for fires at home. Visit and browse at leisure, but call before to check someone is in.  Open Mon - Fri 9-5, Sat 9.30 to 1.30.  Part of growing network under National Community Wood Recycling Project (NCWRP), which awards the 'Recycling Wood' logo to clients using the network for their wood 'waste'.  (Updated Nov 2005)

British Pellet Club (BPC) 
Tel 01908 665555   Fax 01908 665577 
  Freephone / 'Renewable Energy for the Home' Helpline 0800 138 0889  
Email  saffron@greenenergy.org.uk
Website  www.greenenergy.org.uk/logpile/britishpelletclub.htm
National Energy Foundation (NEF) Renewables, National Energy Centre, Davy Avenue, Knowlhill, MILTON KEYNES, Bucks MK5 8NG  
Contact  Saffron Myhill-Hunt 

Trade association for UK wood pellet industry.  Formed 2003 to promote wood pellet heating, and excellence in the industry.  Not for profit company limited by guarantee, to benefit members.  Its main objectives are to: promote wood pellet heating; be a central body presenting views to Government, agencies, Parliament, European Commission / Parliament, and other organisations; provide information to industry and customers to ensure high standards of fuel, appliances and installation; provide a forum for exchange of non-competitive information.  National Energy Foundation (see listing below) in Milton Keynes provides secretariat services, and is working on a Pellet Regulatory Study.  Pellets are usually made of highly compressed waste sawdust.  It is claimed pellets are easier to handle and store than wood chip (CRI-East, listed below - www.greenenergy.org.uk/cri/CRIEastPresentation.htm, see slide on pellet fuelled heater); and 'have higher energy density and are more economic and convenient to transport.  Pellet fuels open domestic heating markets to biomass with automatic pellet stoves and domestic boilers being reliable, convenient, clean, efficient and affordable' (British Biogen, listed above -  www.britishbiogen.co.uk/bioenergy/pellets/biofuelpellets.htm).  See also The Logpile Project, below.  (Updated May 2004)

Bromley Community Wood Recycling
Tel 0208 659 9992  Fax 0208 659 5258  Mob 07947 340 180  
Email  bromleywoodrecycling@hotmail.co.uk 
Oakfield Centre, Oakfield Road, Penge, LONDON SE20 8QA
Contact  Terry Cottle, Supervisor

Charity working for Shaw Trust at Oakfield Day Centre, a base for social firms - part of a 5-year rolling contract.  Collects from businesses (eg building sites) and individuals, minimum charge £70 - half the price of a skip.  Uses high cage transit, 6 cu yds - takes up to 12 yds.  Main sources two thirds builders, one third joiners.  Sells reclaimed timber in shop such as skirting, floorboards, joists, dismantled staircases and banisters, beading, sheeted wood, wooden items from house clearances.  Hard and soft wood, firewood and kindling.  Big area, with wood lathe.  Self-employed carpenter makes garden furniture: tables, benches, hand-crafted wood, bird boxes etc, associated with gardening project on same premises.  Hoping to restore household furniture.  Open 9-4 Mon-Fri 9-12 Sat.   (Updated Nov 2005)

Chapman F L & Sons
Tel 01379 388116 Fax 01379 384052
Sunningdale, Stradbroke, EYE, Suffolk IP21 5ND

Woodshavings merchant.

Chilterns Woodland Project

Tel 01494 565749 Fax 01494 565752
Piggotts, North Dean, HIGH WYCOMBE, Bucks HP14 4NF

Demonstration project supported by Thames & Chilterns Woodlands Initiative, promoting stimulation of markets for timber and wood products through positive management of marginal woodland.  Also see Anglian Woodland Project.

Christmas List (
Waste Watch)
Tel 020 7 549 0300  Fax 0207 549 0301  
56-64 Leonard Street, LONDON EC2A 4JX
Email info@wastewatch.org.uk  Website www.wastewatch.org.uk

Waste Watch (section 600)  has a list of local authorities offering a tree shredding service, to 'recycle' Christmas trees in the new year.  The list is free on receipt of an A4 SAE.  Leaflet also available on ways to reduce, reuse and recycle at Christmas, and a separate leaflet on wood recycling.   National co-ordinating body providing training and advice for community groups interested in waste prevention, reduction, reuse and recycling.  Works with local and national government, promoting environmental benefits of waste minimisation on society and the economy.  Aims for positive change in attitudes and behaviour to producing and managing waste.  Runs seminars and conferences, and produces regular newsletters and information sheets.  Developed KAT (Kerbside Analysis Tool) to help councils assess the cost and practicality of different kerbside collection options, including recycling on estates.  The website www.recycledproducts.org.uk includes a database of products with recycled content - formerly compiled and maintained by Waste Watch, and originally called Buy Recycled, it is now run by WRAP (section 600).  Has own Communications Consultancy to reduce waste (Tel 020 7549 0328, kathryn@wastewatch.org.uk).  (Updated Sep 2005)

Cleanaway Ltd
Tel 01277 234567  Fax 01277 230067
The Drive, Warley, Brentwood, ESSEX CM13 3BE

Integrated company with over 60 UK sites.  Cleanaway recently acquired Gainsborough-based Technical Help Company Ltd, processing 2,500 tonnes of waste wood a year for mulch and path chips for landscape and horticulture.  The company plans to expand wood recycling in the south.

Compak Systems
Tel 01427 616927  Fax 01427 810158
Britannia Works, GAINSBOROUGH, Lincs DN21 2EX

Manufactures unique small scale process plant producing panel board (chipboard/plywood replacement) from agriwaste materials - straw, bagasse etc.  Companies operating plants in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and USA, Australia and Philippines.

County Mulch
Tel 01449 721729  Fax 01449 722477
Email sales@countymulch,co.uk  Website www.countymulch.co.uk  
The Watering Farm, Creeting St Mary, Needham Market, IPSWICH, Suffolk IP6 8ND

Accepts pallets, crates, timber and manufacturing off-cuts, flooring, plywood, chipboard, other woods.  Does not accept telegraph poles, railway sleepers, painted or treated wood, cable drums.  Recycles this material into animal bedding, and bark-based playground, riding arenas and path surfacing.  Contract with Suffolk County Council collecting green waste, which is turned into horticultural mulches and compost marketed locally and throughout UK.  Website has useful, simple tips on home composting.  Recycled Specifiers Guide to recycled soil conditioners and mulches on request.  Established 1986.  (Updated Feb 2005)

Crimea Timber Co Ltd

Tel 01608 645440
Priory Lodge, CHIPPING NORTON, Oxon OX7 5TD

Large dimension specialist sawmill. Possible purchaser of suitable individual trees.

EBC Ecofuel
Tel 01953 455854
Website www.ebc-ecofuel.co.uk 

Specialist in recycled, environment-friendly wood fuels and firelighters for open fires, wood burners, chimneys, campfires, barbecues.  Delivery if required.  (Updated Nov 2004)

Eco Tree Care & Conservation
Tel 01920 420142  Mobile 07989 116238
Email info@ecotreecare.co.uk  Website www.ecotreecare.co.uk 
WARE, Herts

Sustainable woodland management and tree surgery around Herts, Hertfordshire, and Essex.  Pioneers, trying to ensure final use and destination of wood is always sustainable.  Excellent website.  Advice, contacts and details for woodland management, specialist tree care, surgeons and portable sawmilling (detailing pricing, principles, and quotes), eco tree care and conservation, woodland creation, native hedge planting;  buying, selling, and owning woodland;  products (logs, chainsaw carving, rustic woodland furniture, hurdles, timber), forestry, philosophy and tree work principles, jobs and careers in these fields, and the Woodland Trust, Britain's woodland charity.  Resource and links page includes a very wide range of useful businesses and organisations, plus wood for sale notices.  Jobs in Tree Surgery page includes colleges and trainers offering education in arboriculture, NPTC certificates, tree surgery, woodland management et al.   (Updated Apr 2005)

EQ Waste Management
Tel 0870 560 2060 / 0990 602060  Fax 01727 867866
Email sales@eqwaste.com  Website www.eqwaste.com  (under construction)
Appspond Lane, Potters Crouch, St Albans, HERTS AL2 3NL

Collector and recycler of waste wood such as cable drums, pallets, crates, timber and manufacturing off-cuts, flooring, furniture, construction waste.  No telegraph poles, railway sleepers, painted or treated wood.  Also collects green waste, which is shredded as compost and mulch.  Produces animal bedding, recreational surfacing.  Bioremediation solutions and contracting.  Services local authority sites.  Contract screening and grinding.  (Updated Feb 2005)

Fireplace and Marble Centre

Tel 01494 715520  Fax 01494 715520
Binders Yard, Cryers Hill, HIGH WYCOMBE, Bucks HP15

Sale and installation of fireplaces, constructional materials and woodburning appliances.

Fleetwood Studios

Tel 01494 872608  Fax 01494 872216
88 Deanway, CHALFONT ST GILES, Bucks HP8 4JT

Sale of fireplaces, constructional materials and woodburning appliances.

Focal Stone

Tel 01908 542231 / 01908 691425
Sainsbury's Homebase, Patriot Drive, Rooksley, MILTON KEYNES, Bucks MK13 8P

Chimney and fireplace specialist.  Sale and installation of woodburning stoves.

Forestry Authority

Tel 01296 681181  Fax 01296 682310
Old Barn, Upper Wingbury Farm, Wingrave, AYLESBURY, Bucks HP22 4RF

Advice, information, training and administration of grants for tree planting, woodland management and restoration of land reclamation sites.  Grants available for small areas from 0.25 hectare of minimum width 15 metres likely to be actively managed.  Counties served are: Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and London north of the Thames.

Forestry Contractors Association

Tel 01467 651368  Fax 01467 651595
Dalfling, Blairdaff, INVERURIE, Aberdeenshire, Scotland AB51 5LA

Trade association of about 1700 members.  Information source on contractor capability.  Incorporates Horselogging and Biofuels special interest groups.

Gilbert R H

Tel 01895 230177
65 Newtown Road, New Denham, UXBRIDGE, Middx UB9 4BD

Specialist English hardwood timber merchant - oak, ash, walnut, elm, sycamore, cherry.  Beech burrs, suitable for wood turning. Undercover air drying and kilning available.  Possible purchaser of individual trees.

Green Wood Trust 
see Small Woods Association

Hadfield Wood Recyclers
Tel 0161 370 2360  Fax 0161 371 8025
Lumm Farm, Lumm Lane, Littlemoss, Droylsden, Manchester M43 7LB
Email david.whiteside@btinternet.com 

Converter of waste timber into chips for chipboard.  Accepts old window frames with glass mostly removed, and wood with a few metal fixings or nails.  Containers provided which are collected when full, within 80-mile radius of Manchester (no further south than Birmingham).  Will accept material delivered to premises at a charge of £20 per tonne (competitive with local landfill charges).

Hearth and Home

Tel 01908 521617
10 Barnsdale Drive, Westcroft Centre, MILTON KEYNES, Bucks MK12 6HY

Fireplace specialist.  Sale and installation of woodburning stoves.

Janbor Ltd
Tel 01279 777666  Fax 01279 777736
Barleycroft Works, Furneux Pelham, BUNTINGFORD, Herts SG9 0LL

Collects pallets by arrangement within 150 mile radius - skips supplied.  Also cable drums, crates, timber off-cuts, flooring, plywood, chipboard, furniture, construction waste, tree waste (not telegraph poles, railway sleepers).  produces animal bedding, recreational surfacing, mulches.  Open Mon-Fri 7am-7pm, Sat 7am-midday.   (Updated Feb 2005)

J James Ltd
Tel 01235 814565  Fax 01235 814706
Website www.jjamesltd.co.uk  Email jill.james@tiscali.co.uk 
12 Tweed Drive, DIDCOT, Oxfordshire OX11 7XH

Collects pallets, timber off-cuts (not telegraph poles, railway sleepers, painted or treated wood, cable drums).  Reconditions pallets.  Produces animal bedding, recreational surfacing, mulches, compost.  Open Mon-Fri 8am-4pm.  Established over 25 years.  (Updated Feb 2005)

Larner Recycling Ltd
Tel 01933 274 224 / 0208 804 1494  Fax 0208 804 1164
Email admin@larnerpallets.com  Website www.larnerpallets.com  
Bevan Close, Finedon Industrial Estate, WELLINGBOROUGH, Northants NN8 4BL

Buys and sells new and secondhand pallets.  Pays up to £2.50 per pallet, and sells new and refurbished pallets from £1.00.  Types shown and described on website. Quantities from 50 to 500.  Collects pallets, crates, timber off-cuts, flooring, plywood, cable drums.  Recycles packaging waste with on-site shredders.  When it  a pallet is past refurbishing, the wood is made into kindling, wood moult and pulp, used by local authorities in parks, schools and playgrounds.  Produces animal bedding, recreational surfacing and compost.  Open weekdays 7am-5pm, Sat 7am-1pm. Second depot in Enfield - both sites have tips for waste wood.  (Updated Feb 2005)

Leaside Wood Recycling Project
Tel 0207 515 5444  Mob 07867 885115  Fax 0709 228 1743    
Website www.lwrp.org.uk Email lwrp@ukideas.com
Bromley-by-Bow Centre, St Leonards Street, Bow, London E3 3BT (Storage yard at Lochnagar St E14)
Contact  Danny O'Sullivan, manager 

Not for profit organisation set up in Oct 2001 to rescue and reuse some of the vast amount of local timber that would otherwise be landfilled or burnt.  Aims to "make a difference" through a self-funding business based on reclaiming wood, offering training & employment opportunities for local people, and funding community projects with any surplus.  Good rates offered to business and domestic customers for re-use, rather than disposal, of their wood waste give considerable savings over skip hire or landfill.  In Leaside (Tower Hamlets) area of East London, it is estimated that 20,000 tonnes of timber is wasted annually.  Much good & medium quality timber is reclaimed and can be re-used in building or crafts, available at LWRP shop.  Makes useful items such as worktops, wardrobes, windows, tables, cabin beds, floors, garden seats, planters, gazebos and pergolas.  Some timber collected is beautiful hardwood from trees cut down before 1900, and can be used to design and create unique objects or installations at reasonable prices for home & garden.  Researching ways to use lower grade wood (eg composting & sawdust compacting for fuel). Project has opportunities to progress, on the doorstep of development spilling out from the City and Docklands. 
(Updated Nov 2005)


Tel 01488 668707  Fax 01488 668203
Unit 7, New Mills Industrial Estate, Inkpen, NEWBURY, Berks RG15 0PH

Sales agent for woodworking machinery including heavy duty chippers.

The Log Pile Project
Tel 01908 665555   Freephone / 'Renewable Energy for Homes' Helpline 0800 138 0889   Fax 01908 665577  
NEF Renewables, National Energy Foundation (NEF), The National Energy Centre, Davy Avenue, Knowlhill, MILTON KEYNES, Bucks MK5 8NG
Email  saffron@greenenergy.org.ukrenewables@greenenergy.org.uk  
Website  www.logpile.co.uk www.greenenergy.org.uk/renewable_energy/index.htm
Contact  Saffron Myhill-Hunt

Promotes use of wood as a renewable energy source.  Benefits of the project include: online database of wood fuel suppliers with search facility;  guide on how to use wood as a sustainable energy source;  opportunity for wood fuel suppliers to increase sales;  detailed information on wood pellets www.greenenergy.org.uk/logpile/pellets/index.htm ;  supplier lists of wood pellet stoves and boilers.  Supported by DEFRA through Environmental Action Fund;  managed by Sandra Hayes at the National Energy Foundation (NEF - listed below).  See also British Pellet Club, above.  (Updated May 2004)

London Tree Officers Association
Tel 0207 974 4124  Mob 07771 976238
3rd Floor, Crowndale House, 218 Eversholt Street, London NW1 1BD

Working to develop timber stations, or wood recycling centres.  Estimates that London generates 54,000 m3 of tree surgery waste per annum of which 51% is dumped and 11% burnt - yet this wood is a renewable resource which can be put to good use (for more on this see Bioregional Treestations, above).  (Updated Apr 2004)


Tel 01604 862293
Hartwell Road, Road, NORTHAMPTON NN7 2NU

Woodshavings and paper-based animal bedding supplier.  Supply and collection of woodshavings and sawdust.

Marshall Tree Services Partnership
Tel / Fax 01480 810431 
Woodhatch Farm, Thrapston Road, Ellington, HUNTINGDON, Cambs PE28 0AE 

Collects pallets, crates, timber off-cuts, flooring, plywood, furniture, construction waste (not telegraph poles, railway sleepers, painted or treated wood), 25 mile radius.  Produces animal bedding, recreational surfacing, mulches, compost.  Open Mon-Sat 8am-4pm, Sun 1230-4.30.   (Updated Feb 2005)

Murtagh Demolition
Tel 01582 480830 / 458056  Fax 01582 482688
16 Titan Court, Laporte Way, LUTON, Beds  LU4 8EF
Email ronnie@murtagroup.swinternet.co.uk
or matt@murtagh.co.uk  Website www.murtagh.co.uk

Wood and green waste recycling using mobile tub grinder to produce mulch.  Also demolition contractor, including asbestos removal and contaminated sites.  Supplier of crushed concrete and reclaimed aggregate.  Potential source of recycled aggregate.

The National Community Wood Recycling Project (NCWRP)
Tel 01273 465666  Fax 01273 465616
Email info@communitywoodrecycling.org.uk  
Website www.communitywoodrecycling.org.uk  
Premier House, Shoreham Airport, West Sussex BN43 5FF
Contact  Melanie Hickford, Communications Manager;  Richard Mehmed, Project Director 

Not-for-profit environmental group set up in February 2003 (at Brighton & Hove Wood Recycling Project - see above) to provide encouragement, help and practical advice to individuals or groups interested in setting up and developing community - focused wood recycling.  Helps and monitors a network of wood recycling projects across UK dealing in waste timber from construction and other users.  Wood is collected mainly from building site demolition, joinery, packaging and domestic waste, sorted into grades, then sold to the public via 'wood shops' or converted into wood products, firewood, woodchips for fuel, mulches or animal bedding.  Aims to see 20 more UK wood recycling projects (typically not-for-profit social enterprises) set up by 2007, saving thousands of tonnes of wood from landfill, creating sustainable jobs, training and volunteering opportunities, and aiding local waste minimisation strategies.  To encourage use of recycled timber, has developed the "Recycled Wood Marque", making it easier to identify recycled wood products.  They hope it will be adopted nationally and internationally.  People choosing products with the marque will encourage use of recycled materials.  More info on website.  (Updated Nov 2005)

O'Callaghan, J

Mobile 0860 480611  Fax 01296 630457
57 London Road, Aston Clinton, AYLESBURY, Bucks HP22 5LD

Tree maintenance.  Brush chipping machine hire.

Oxfordshire Woodland Project

Tel 01865 810206
Countryside Services, Holton, OXFORD OX33 1QQ

Local demonstration project, promoting stimulation of markets for timber and wood products through positive management of marginal woodland.  Also see Anglian Woodland Project.

Oxford Wood Recycling
Tel / Fax 01865 247290   
Website www.oxfordwoodrecycling.org.uk  Email info@oxfordwoodrecycling.org.uk
28 Alexandra Rd, Oxford OX2 0DB 
Contact  Helen Porter, Managing Director  Richard Snow, Director/Company Secretary

Aims to reclaim, reuse and recycle wood and timber waste in Oxfordshire, reducing "waste" wood sent to landfill.  Offers professional and competitive wood and timber waste collection service to businesses and organisations in the Oxford region.  Collects up to 14 cu yd of wood at a time, or 1 tonne weight – about 50-70 pallets, depending on size.  Long lengths of timber are cut on site to carry them safely.  Collection fee typically lower than the cost of a skip.  Sorts and processes the waste wood collected - wood shop will open soon to provide a range of timber and wood materials at affordable prices.  Not for profit enterprise: profits will be used to create more jobs and volunteering opportunities, more products, and develop the business and skills in partnership with other social enterprises.  Trading from 3 October 2005.  Part of the National Community Wood Recycling Project - see below.  (Updated Nov 2005)

Pettex Limited
Tel 0208 501 1033
62-70 Fowler Road, Hainault Industrial Estate, Hainault, ILFORD, Essex IG5 3UT

Manufacturer of pet bedding.  Waste paper is used for bedding for various types of small animal; wood offcuts and shavings from the building and timber trade are used for mice, rats, rabbits, and large bales for horses.

Rainham Waste Ltd

Tel 01708 522575  Fax 01708 524631
Compound D, Denver Site, Ferry Lane, RAINHAM, Essex RM13 9BU

All types of waste wood from construction, demolition, packing cases, scrap pallets etc sought for recycling.  Collection service for large quantities.  24 hour waste recycling depot with MRF and baling facilities. 

Roger Kilby, Landscape Contractor

Tel 01582 452596  Mobile 0860 389176  Fax 01582 452596
2A Seymour Road, LUTON, Beds LU1 3NL

Portable plant hire with operator if required, for tree and timber waste chipping up to 125 mm (5 inch) thickness. Clearance and site maintenance - industrial and commercial yard areas and open spaces.  Wholesale supplier of woodchips.

Small Woods Association 
Tel 01743 792644  Website www.smallwoods.org.uk  
The Old Bakery, PONTESBURY, Shropshire SY5 0R

Charity with members nationwide.  UK’s leading organisation supporting owners and carers of small woodlands, and promoting
conservation and rehabilitation of small or neglected woods.  Small woods are special places managed for many benefits: to harvest timber, support woodland crafts, encourage and enjoy wildlife, or recreation.  There’s no maximum size, just the satisfaction of caring for woodlands now and for the future.  Provides information to anyone wanting to conserve, plant, manage or harvest woods and trees.  Operates a responsible management certification scheme for timber users.  Members include those with a general interest, local authorities, foresters, owners, coppice workers, botanists, ecologists and timber technologists - all share knowledge and experience to enhance woodlands.  Promotes the cause of woodlands in local communities, helps pioneering initiatives, influences national policies, works with partner agencies, stimulates or supports local timber supply chains.  Organises conferences and events through networking and quarterly magazine, Smallwoods.  Founded 1988 as the National Small Woods Association.  Manages the Woodland Initiatives Register, a pool of information with its own website and interactive database, to direct the public to local projects.  The Green Wood Trust (Tel 01952 432769, website www.greenwoodtrust.org.uk is part of SWA, helping to support native broadleaved woodlands through a network of voluntary regional co-ordinators who help organise events and teach traditional woodland management skills and greenwood crafts.  The Woodland Initiatives Network (Tel 01743 792654) provides support and communication between woodland initiatives throughout the UK, sharing knowledge, expertise and best practice.  (Updated Oct 2004)

Ternex (London) Ltd
Tel 01707 324606
Ayot Green Sawmill, 27 Ayot Green, WELWYN, Herts AL6 9BA

Timber merchant.  English and imported hardwoods, oak beams and constructional timbers.  Possible purchaser of sound individual trees locally situated, subject to prior inspection, but unable to provide transport.

Touchwood Enterprises
Tel 0117 974 6240
Website www.touchwoodenterprises.co.uk

Works with wood to help conserve woodland, and raise awareness of sustainable local forestry and ways to keep environmental impact to a minimum.  Committed to increasing the links between communities and their local woodlands.  Has mobile traditional crafts set-up including sawmill that can be taken to outside or inside locations.  Runs woodland workshops for children or adults, builds variety of wooden house and garden furniture and other items such as benches, shelters and playground structures.  Has developed large and small products using waste wood produced as by-product of forest management - contemporary designs shown in product catalogue.  Uses locally sourced timber from Forest of Avon within 50 miles of Bristol base.  New people, new ideas welcome - runs bulletin board.  Established 2002.  (Updated Dec 2005)

Tree Advice Trust
Tel 01420 22022 (administration)  Fax 01420 220000 
Helpline 09065 161147 / 0897 161147, premium call rate at £1.50 per minute
Email  admin@treehelp.info   Website  www.treehelp.info 
Alice Holt Lodge, Wrecclesham, FARNHAM, Surrey GU10 4LH
Contact  Derek Patch, Director (tree establishment, research & education);  Barbara Hayden, Administration. 
(To contact specific staff members, type their name instead of ‘admin’, e.g. "Derek@treehelp.info")

Independent charity whose aims are to research and disseminate practical information and guidance on cultivation, maintenance and care of trees.  Responsible for work by the Arboricultural Advisory and Information Service (AAIS), located at Forest Research Station near Farnham, Surrey, which has been giving independent, impartial advice to the public and the arboricultural profession for over 20 years.  The Trust's services include consultancy, education and training, literature, tree condition diagnosis, advice and helpline.  Publications include arboricultural research, tree species lists, practice notes and tree damage alerts - including Arboricultural Advice and Information Notes (AAIN) and AAIS publications.  Specialist consultants covering different topics - contact details (including other staff) given onsite.  Mails to over 1200 addresses where tree management is practiced.  Receives commissions to send out advertisements for jobs (also listed on website), books, journals, materials and equipment.  (Updated July 2004)

The Tree Council
Tel 0207 407 9992  Fax 0207 407 9908
Email info@treecouncil.org.ukhedgetreesmatter@treecouncil.org.uk  
Website www.treecouncil.org.uk 
71 Newcomen Street, LONDON SE1 1YT 
Contact  Kevin Hand, Campaigns Director 

Founded 1974 with Dept of Environment support; independent charity since 1978.  Committed to making trees matter to everyone; more trees, of the right kind, in the right place; better care for trees of all ages; inspiring effective action for trees.  Aims to: improve town and country environments through planting and conserving trees and woods; spread knowledge about trees and management; act as forum for organisations, to identify problems and aid co-operation.  With its 7500 Tree Wardens and 150 member organisations - including councils - it launched a countrywide Hedge Tree Campaign.  Organises National Tree Week (late November); Walk in the Woods (May) encouraging enjoyment of trees and woods; and the Heritage Tree Record and campaign.  Tree Wardens need not be expert, only enthusiasts: one-day training courses are run with local authorities, Community Forests, and BTCV (British Trust for Conservation Volunteers), on surveying woodland and non-woodland trees, summer and winter tree identification, planting and aftercare, woodland ecology and management, seed collection and tree law.  Wardens are supported by their parish council or community group, which in turn look to the local authority for help.  Publishes The Good Seed Guide (pocket sized, £3.50): covers identifying, collecting, how to germinate and sow, plant out trees and maximise survival; Tree News (good web section), from Dennis Direct, PO Box 2505, Alcester, B50 4JU, Tel 01789 490215,  julian_dennis@dennis.co.uk , Customer Tel 01454 642424; 50 Great British Trees £8.99 inc p&p; and detailed leaflet on planting.  Tree Council grants include Community Trees and Trees for Schools. 

Surveys show losses of up to 93% in urban tree plantings.  Professionals accept only 30% of planted trees survive for over 5 years.  Following the Tree Council's simple 'TLC: Trees Love Care' advice for young trees (Tending; Loosening ties and checking stakes; Clearing grass and weeds - see website) for the first 3-5 years will help more trees survive the crucial early years.  For detailed advice contact garden centres, nurseries, or Tree Advice Trust (see above).  For work on large trees contact the Arboricultural Association.
  (Updated May 2004) 

Tree Menders

Tel 01327 352336
Bell Plantation, Watling Street TOWCESTER, Northants NN12 7LE

Tree maintenance.  Brush chipping machine hire.

UK Forest Products Association

Tel 01786 449029
John Player Building, Springbank Road, STIRLING, Scotland

Trade promotional association.  The Softwood Sawmillers Association also occupies this address.  Maintains a list of forest timber buyers.  Represents the technical and commercial interests of British grown timber industry.

Veteran Trees Database

Tel 01733 455248 / 01733 455101  Fax 01733 68834
English Nature, Northminster House, Northminster Road, PETERBOROUGH, Cambs PE1 1JY
Contact  Rebecca Isted

Database held by English Nature of old trees and woods.  Based on research by seven conservation organisations led by EN to promote conservation and record keeping of very old trees, to preserve habitats for birds, bats, insects, lichens, fungi, as well as historical and visual assets.  Provides practical advice on making partially dead trees safe.  (Updated March 2006)

The Wight Green Centre
Tel 01983 532121  Fax 01983 520230
Email wightgreencentre@btconnect.com  Website under construction
117 Lower St James St, Newport, ISLE OF WIGHT PO30 5HE

Signposting organisation for local environmental and recycling projects, offering information and advice.  Runs The Woodshed community project in partnership with the Prison Service: inmates from the local prison learn new skills by making all sorts of products - like toy boxes, benches and shelves - from "waste" wood.  Products are sold to raise cash for the project.  Some wood will be given free to other hard-pressed local groups and charities.  For more info contact Lois Prior on 01983 532889.  Also runs Ecobiz project (funded by European Social Fund), offering free environmental consultation for businesses and other organisations.  Centre open 9am-5pm Mon-Sat.  (Updated May 2004)

Woodflakes of Daventry Ltd

Tel 01327 879086
Michaelmas House, Royal Oakway North, DAVENTRY, Northants NN11 5PQ

Woodshavings supplied and collected.

Woodland Trust
Freephone 0800 026 9650  Tel 01476 581111 
Website www.woodland-trust.org.uk  
Email membership@woodland-trust.org.uk 
Freepost, GRANTHAM, Lincs NG31 6BR

UK's leading woodland conservation charity is committed to: no further loss of ancient woodland; restoring and improving the biodiversity of woods; increasing new native woodland; increasing awareness and enjoyment of woodland.   New woodlands are planted in harmony with character and scale of local landscape, and do not replace or degrade other habitats of conservation value.  Timber is produced only where compatible with other objectives, and then as effectively and economically as possible.  Community support is actively encouraged, and voluntary speakers can be supplied. Established in 1972, WT now has over 1000 sites in its care, covering about 17,700ha (43,700 acres), and offers free public access to nearly all sites.  Operates 'Plant a tree' dedication scheme - Tel 0800 026 9650.  Website gives latest news and information.  (Updated Feb 2001)

Woodlots  (for WoodLots see 430 Green building and decorating)
Tel 0131 228 4176
West Barn, Abcott Manor, Clungunford, CRAVEN ARMS, Shropshire

Trading as Sylvan Resources Ltd.  Forestry contractor and consultants dealing in small to medium sized consignments.  Also previously listed as Terry Jonathan F, trading as Woodlots, Tel 01588 660547, same address and activities.

Tel 01580 879552  Fax 01580 879547  
Website www.woodnet.org.uk  
Email info@woodnet.org.ukjenny@woodnet.org.uk  
Weald WoodNet, Woodland Enterprise Centre, Hastings Road, FLIMWELL, East Sussex, TN5 7PR

Network of UK forestry and wood-using organisations working to promote sustainable development of woodland and woodworking industries.  On-line service for wood producers and users.  Hosts the following sites:  SERLAWN (South East Region Local Authority Woodland Network);  Small Woods Association;  Sussex & Surrey Coppice Group - promoting and informing landowners and public of the importance of traditional coppice woodlands to production;  and French Connection UK-France joint industry and project support.  Provides the following services:  WoodLots (see 430 Green building and decorating);  News - initiatives, opportunities, grants, changes in legislation etc (email jenny@woodnet.org.uk with items for inclusion);  Wood Links - useful links to other sites;  and Wood Talk on-line forum for wood-related topics.  'Seeing the wood for the tree...'  (Established with EC Life programme assistance.)   (Updated Oct 2004)