Manchester-based Hadfield Wood Recyclers was delighted to support and be among delegates at a seminar in the city today, which brought together a range of local, national and international people with an interest in urban forest management.
The event, organised by Manchester City of Trees, saw key organisations from the urban forestry sector share best practice.
Delegates included representatives from the Greater Manchester local authorities, housing associations and universities as well as conservation organisations, environmental consultants and landscape architects.
Geoff Hadfield, MD of Hadfield Wood Recyclers which has a site in Droylsden, Manchester, said the seminar had provided a really useful insight into the required planning and examples of good practice that we need, in order to ensure we get sustainable urban planting in the city.
“It was also good to hear speakers talk about the importance of considering the end of the life cycle of trees and how they can continue to provide benefit to the environment,” added Geoff. “Recycling wood into sustainable end products is what our business is all about.”
The seminar was organised by City of Trees, a movement which aims to plant 3 million trees, one for every man, woman and child across Greater Manchester within a generation.
Hadfield Wood Recyclers has made City of Trees its charity of the year for 2018 and is supporting a number of events including today’s seminar.
Hadfield is a family-run business which was founded almost 40 years ago in Manchester. Today it has three world-class recycling sites; the main one still in Manchester, with further sites in Middlesbrough and Essex. It employs 162 people, most of whom live local to the sites.
Hadfield specialises in recycling all grades of non hazardous waste wood into a range of recycled products including animal bedding, feedstock for the panel board industry and biomass fuel. It reprocesses more than 300,000 tonnes of waste wood a year.
The business handles waste wood for many national and international waste management companies and local authorities including the UK’s largest wood recycling contract which takes waste wood from all of Manchester’s household waste recycling centres – a contract it has held for the past 15 years.
Geoff added: “It’s fantastic to see a project like the City of Trees in Manchester. It is a great cause and one which will undoubtedly enhance our city while at the same time help the environment. Congratulations to all involved.”