Community Wood Recycling has launched its latest Annual Report, marking 25 years of community wood recycling.

The 2023 report sets out the key achievements of Community Wood Recycling’s nationwide network of 28 social enterprises in the past year, from wood recycled to social benefits achieved.

In addition, it charts the network’s 25 year history, from when the UK’s first community wood recycling project was founded by managing director Richard Mehmed in 1998.

It also showcases individuals and communities whose lives have been positively impacted by its members’ work and explains how waste wood was saved from the sets of the Eurovision Song Contest.

Writing in the report’s introduction, Mr Mehmed said: “The shift I have seen over the last 25 years in attitudes to waste and the growth in trading for people not profit have been remarkable. Together with our partners in the construction industry and beyond, we have been at the forefront of this movement for a quarter of a century.”

“At Community Wood Recycling, we have always believed that waste should be seen as a valuable resource. By reusing and repurposing wood waste, we have helped reduce the carbon footprint of our communities while creating jobs and supporting local economies. For 25 years we have followed our belief that every action we take can create positive change in the world.”

To read the full 2023 report, click here.

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