About us

A social enterprise working in and for your community

Oxford Wood Recycling is a Company Limited by Guarantee, with 100% of profits re-invested into the organisation in order to fulfill our mission both to support people at a disadvantage in finding employment and to encourage the reuse and recycling of waste timber.

Our board, staff and volunteers are committed to growing a business that is socially inclusive, economically sustainable and furthers the reduction, reuse and recycling of wood waste across the county and beyond.

We operate a commercial waste wood collection service which produces  a proportion of reuse material, then cleaned up and sold at our timber warehouse in Abingdon.  The business activities support our work with volunteers who are seeking to improve their prospects for employment.

Oxford Wood Recycling Volunteer sorting timber...
Volunteer sorting timber…

An award winning Social Firm, we offer employment and volunteer work placements to people who find it hard to get work, and this includes working in partnership with other social enterprises and organisations in Oxfordshire who share these aims.

We believe that working with wood and timber offers many opportunities to gain skills and expertise – whether in making wood products, or in processing wood and timber – and we believe it’s generally very therapeutic! We also offer placements for business administration  and sales and marketing roles.

Oxford Wood Recycling’s Board of directors are:

Maurice McCartney. Contact: mm@freshmanagementsolutions.co.uk

Nick Dowling. Contact: nick @dowlinguk.net

Richard Snow (CEO) Contact richard@owr.org.uk

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At OWR we are very keen on timber with provenance, so are super excited to let you know about these lovely hardwood shelves from the study of Eastman House, Oxford, which have held the books of many Nobel laureates over the past 58 years.
Only a limited quantity available, so visit our store or call 01235861228 to secure some for your home.
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Our wood shop elf has been busy this past week bringing in a splendid selection of kiln- and air-dried native hardwoods. We have live edge planks of ash, oak, beech, yew, London plane and sycamore in a variety of shapes and sizes. Please call in to view, or see individual pictures for more info. ... See MoreSee Less

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This old ply box (40*40*29cm) + a lick of paint could make a great storage unit to hold some records. Hot off the wagon and only £6!! ... See MoreSee Less

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Chopping board made from random hardwood off cuts ... See MoreSee Less

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Here's a heavy host of hardwood posts! They are mostly eucalyptus apart from one or two which are beech. All are 1.5m long and around 8.5cm square. Great for turning, garden furniture, a long lasting planter or maybe a mantlepiece? They're all wet at the moment but they'll soon dry out in here. £15 each. ... See MoreSee Less

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A beach themed bird and bee house (still debating if this was a good idea). Made from some poplar from Oxford wood recycling and part of my old wardrobe. ... See MoreSee Less

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Fancy some oak veneer flooring? We've 4.5 packs here that are new and unused. Just over 8.5 square meters available for just £25 the lot!
See in store for details, or call us on 01235861228.
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