Free wood chippings?

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infowarrior

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Free wood chippings?
« on: January 08, 2012, 14:24 »
   Has anyone got any suggestions of where to get free wood chippings from?  I need about a ton to use as paths to go inbetween my raised beds that I'm in the process of constructing. 

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Re: Free wood chippings?
« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2012, 14:37 »
Have you a local sawmill or tree surgeon you could contact? :)
« Last Edit: January 08, 2012, 14:41 by argyllie »
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Re: Free wood chippings?
« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2012, 14:50 »
  I've emailed some local tree surgens but no replies as yet.  Gutted cause a few months ago there was huge piles of the stuff near a local school that was being demolished so we got a sprinter van full one day for the inside of my polytunnel then we went back the day after for more and it was all gone!  It was the really good quality stuff aswell.

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Re: Free wood chippings?
« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2012, 18:48 »
you can ask your local council...i've heard they get loads daily and are happy to give it away

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Re: Free wood chippings?
« Reply #4 on: January 08, 2012, 18:53 »

As long as it's NOT willow!

Every 'chip' will sprout.

That's the warning I was given years ago, just after I left school and was doing a training scheme with the council.

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Re: Free wood chippings?
« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2012, 19:41 »
council will be a good bet... we get loads of wood chippings delivered from time to time free..
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Re: Free wood chippings?
« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2012, 20:49 »
   I'll send council an email and see what their crack is.

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Re: Free wood chippings?
« Reply #7 on: January 09, 2012, 12:45 »

As long as it's NOT willow!

Every 'chip' will sprout.

That's the warning I was given years ago, just after I left school and was doing a training scheme with the council.

hmmm, I've worked with willow quite a bit (trellises, sculptures and stuff)  and can testify to its regenerative capabilities... but in years of work with woodchip (and there must have been a fair bit of willow in it sometimes) I've never found it sprouting. Anyone else? It would only sprout from bark-on chips, and maybe the heat from the heaps usually kills it?

sav

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Re: Free wood chippings?
« Reply #8 on: January 09, 2012, 17:24 »

As long as it's NOT willow!

Every 'chip' will sprout.

That's the warning I was given years ago, just after I left school and was doing a training scheme with the council.

hmmm, I've worked with willow quite a bit (trellises, sculptures and stuff)  and can testify to its regenerative capabilities... but in years of work with woodchip (and there must have been a fair bit of willow in it sometimes) I've never found it sprouting. Anyone else? It would only sprout from bark-on chips, and maybe the heat from the heaps usually kills it?

sav

Would they sprout straight away if they were 'fresh'? Maybe that's what they were warning me about.  :unsure:

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Re: Free wood chippings?
« Reply #9 on: January 13, 2012, 23:22 »
The council would be your best chance. Our allotment gets the wood chips delivered when ever we want them. Just a phone call or an email and within a week or two they're at the plot.  ;)

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Re: Free wood chippings?
« Reply #10 on: January 15, 2012, 11:44 »
I called a local tree surgeon who was happy to drop me off a van load each time I wanted.

They are normally busy folk so best to call than email.

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Re: Free wood chippings?
« Reply #11 on: January 15, 2012, 15:45 »
I called a local tree surgeon who was happy to drop me off a van load each time I wanted.

They are normally busy folk so best to call than email.

Result!!  :D



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