Recycling Tree Surgery Waste

Are you looking for free wood chips for a garden project, equestrian center or allotment site? The Arbtalk tip site directory puts tree surgeons throughout the country in contact with people like you.

This is the latest initiative by Arbtalk, the largest and longest-running networking forum for tree care professionals in the UK. Designed to assist tree surgeons with finding new sites to off-load their vehicles, saving them time and money, cutting down on their carbon footprint, whilst at the same time providing a source of great wood chips suitable for a multitude of uses.

How Can I Get Free Wood Chips?

What’s the catch? There isn’t one! If you are in a position to accept loose loads of wood chips (load sizes starting at approximately 5-6m3) all you need to do is follow the link to Arbtalk to create your free listing. Still not ready? Read our short article on how to get the most out of a listing here or read our FAQ’s section.

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Sign up

Its 100% free to sign up for free wood chips delivered to your door. Simply create an account in under one minute at Arbtalk.

Create your listing

We’ve tried to make it as simple as possible to create your listing. Simply click on the ‘add new tip site‘ button and follow the instructions.

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Await contact

You’re all set. Now all there is to do is wait patiently to be contacted by one of the Arbtalk tree surgeons working in your area.


When someone contacts you either by phone or email, this is your chance to discuss in detail the contents of the load of free wood chips.

Get busy

Congratulations! Your free wood chips have been delivered. Time to get on those gloves and get to work spreading them!



Just some of the many uses people have found for their wood chip deliveries
wood chips used as a mulch around newly planted trees.

Wood Chips for Planting Trees

Meadows Farm & Animal Sanctuary is a social farming project of the Shiva Trust Charity. Being a 26 acre site, they have no shortage of room or use for wood chips. Their first load of wood chips that arrived via Arbtalk was put to good use, mulching around the bases of newly planted trees. This…

wood chips for allotments

Wood Chips For Allotments

Just a quick look through the tip site directory will show you how popular it is with keen gardeners looking for wood chips for allotments. In fact, this group probably makes up for about 50% of all the listings in the directory. Wood chips are suitable for a variety of uses around your allotments, including…

free wood chips for garden projects

Free Wood Chips for Mulching Flower Beds

This homeowner was delighted to receive some free wood chips from an Arbtalk tree surgeon. They have been put to good use as a mulch in the flower beds around her garden. This is just one example of what tree surgeons wood chips can be used for. The people benefitting from this free service have…

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Wood Chips at Forest School

A forest school site put their free wood chippings to great use, with some used as the floor in their ‘mud kitchen’, mulching around newly planted trees, and of course a big pile for the kids to jump and play in!  

free wood chips to suppress weeds

Wood Chips to Suppress Weeds

This happy tip site owner received several loads of free wood chips from a local tree surgeon. They have been used in various places around their allotment site. In this image the wood chips have been spread on the floor inside the polytunnel to help suppress weed growth.


Have you had a load of free wood chips delivered? We’d love to hear from you about the experience. Better still, send us a photo of your projects so we can share them with other users! Please do not use this form for general questions. Everything you need to know can be found on this page or in the FAQ’s section.