WRAP Announces winners of Recycled Woodchip Prize draw
Thirty three organisations have each won up to £500 worth of recycled woodchip for use in a variety of loose surfacing applications as a result of a free prize draw organised by WRAP (the Waste & Resources Action Programme).
The direct mail prize draw targeted local authorities and landscaping professionals as part of WRAP's campaign to raise awareness of recycled woodchip for use as a mulch, walkway covering and as a playground surface.
Designed to convey the cost effectiveness and low maintenance requirements of recycled woodchip as well as the material's environmental benefits, the mailer asked recipients to enter the competition for a chance of finding out for themselves why recycled woodchip products are an excellent choice for ground surfacing requirements.
Julia Turner, Material Development Manager for wood at WRAP, said: "We received an overwhelming response to this free prize draw mailer which demonstrates that awareness of recycled woodchip as a versatile and highly effective landscaping surface solution has grown considerably.
"When WRAP began its Recycled Wood Works Wonders campaign, awareness of the material as a ground surfacing material was minimal, with only three per cent of landscaping professionals realising it could be used in that way. Now the majority of people in the industry are aware of recycled woodchip and consequently more than 60% of suppliers are now reporting increased sales, with one even saying figures have quadrupled."
The 25 local authorities and eight landscaping contractors and landscape architects that will receive free quantities of recycled woodchip are:
Corby Borough Council, Northants
London Parks and Green Spaces Forum
Cookstown District Council, County Tyrone
2020 Knowsley, Merseyside
Melton Borough Council, Melton Mowbray
Arena Network/BITC, County Antrim
Chorley Borough Council, Lancs
Newbury Town Council
Dungannon and South Tyrone BC
Rushmoor Borough Council, Hants
Cornwall County Council
Borough of Pendle, Lancs
Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council
East Hampshire District Council
Woking Borough Council, Surrey
Park Junior School, Kettering, Northants
East Cambridgeshire District Council
Braintree District Council, Essex
Taylormade Gardens, Winterslow, Wilts
Bolton Hospitals NHS Trust
Groundwork Trust, Tipton, West Midlands
City Contract Services, Morecambe
Don Amott Caravans Ltd, Lincolnshire
Fineview Landscapes, Canterbury
Shires Landscape Services, Worcestershire
Growing Gardens, Surbiton, Surrey
Westfield Design, Derby
L.B. Hammersmith & Fulham, London
Moors Valley Country Park, Dorset
Leeds City Council
Copeland Borough Council, Cumbria
Highland Council, Inverness
Newry & Mourne District Council, County Down
The winners will be delivered material by the UK's leading suppliers of recycled woodchip for landscaping: Tracey Timber Recycling, Linwood, Scotland; Giffords, West Bromwich, West Midlands; Wood Yew Waste, Plymouth, Devon; Eglington Timber Products Ltd, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland; Eco Composting Ltd, Christchurch, Dorset and Oldham Bros Limited, Liverpool, Merseyside.
Information on WRAP
1. WRAP (the Waste & Resources Action Programme) is a major UK programme established to promote resource efficiency. Its particular focus is on creating stable and efficient markets for recycled materials and products and removing the barriers to waste minimisation, re-use and recycling.
2. A not-for-profit company, WRAP is backed by substantial Government funding from Defra and the devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
3. WRAP is currently running fifteen programmes. Twelve are focused on market development, and comprise nine material streams (Paper, Plastics, Glass, Wood, Organics, Aggregates, Plasterboard, Tyres and Batteries) and three generic areas (Business & Finance, Procurement, and Regional Market Development). Three new programmes relate to the wider resource efficiency remit - Collections, Communications and Awareness, and Waste Minimisation.
4. Details of all WRAP's activities are available at www.wrap.org.uk.