Our Vehicle For Climate Change Action: Solo Wood

by South London Wood Recycling Project in Croydon, Greater London, United Kingdom


raised so far



The aim of our project is to raise some additional funds for a replacement van for us to continue and expand our service

by South London Wood Recycling Project in Croydon, Greater London, United Kingdom

We're still collecting donations

On the 1st December 2021 we'd raised £2,840 with 9 supporters in 56 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

Who are we?

We are a small team of 8, dedicated to protecting the planet through re-directing wood waste and educating our youth about the environment.

What do we do?

The bulk of our operations centers around collecting wood that would otherwise go to landfill or chipper sites. We store it in our wood yard which is open to the public and small businesses and have a workshop which specialises in carpentry out of this reclaimed material. We try to make sure nothing goes to waste here, using all off cuts for different projects and now have even expanded our services to include educational workshops for children. We have so far built bug hotels & bird boxes with them; offering a rich experiential learning moment and spreading the word to our youth for more mindful environmental practices. 

We collect between 50 and 100 tonnes of wood every month from sites in and around the city. We just about get by using 2 caged tipper vans, though after 15 years on the road one is considerably less reliable than the other and will have to retire from action very soon. The loss of this van will put our social enterprise at great jeopardy so we feel it is necessary to make arrangements for a replacement van as soon as we can. 

This is where any support from our community and those who share our passion for the work we do would be massively appreciated. 

Our impact

In 2020, we rescued 570.7 tonnes from the waste stream. 

We saved 284.0 tonnes of C02. 

We created 6.3 paid jobs and trained 11 people. 

We reused 450.1 tonnes of wood. 79% was pushed up the waste hierarchy into reuse; used by the community for DIY/building projects or as firewood, or made into a whole range of beautiful products from bird boxes to dining tables.

And 119.8 tonnes was recycled. 21% was sent for recycling into woodchip, used in the manufacture of particleboard, animal bedding, or as carbon neutral fuel in power stations. 

With us, everything we collect is reused or recycled - nothing is returned to the waste stream. Reusing wood is 10 times more efficient than harvesting, milling, and transporting virgin wood.

Even our collection methodology saves carbon! Our 3.5 tonne collection trucks use less than half the fuel of a skip lorry, greatly reducing CO2 emissions, pollution, and the impact on the road.

With every tonne of wood we collect, we are creating work and training opportunities for disadvantaged people - changing lives for the better.

Why do we need to raise this money?

Caged tipper vans with the capacity to hold the tonnes of weight we require are becoming more and more rare as well as expensive. 

If we could finance a new van ourselves today we would do it! But unfortunately COVID-19 has hit at our reserves and alone we are struggling to make it happen. 

Any support you can give to help see us through to the other side would be appreciated to the moon and back!

We have worked so hard for the last 5 years and have built such a wonderful community, it would be devastating to not have a second van in time as this would pretty much declare us out of operations! 

Donations, sharing our campaign amongst friends and family and your kind words really mean a lot to us. Thank you!

‘Solo is the journey, and daunting is our task, we're cleaning up the planet and really want to ask, your help as individuals, behaviours need to change, and if we start the process now, we'll end the eco drain.‘ - Poem by our Director Peter Carlise.


This project offered rewards

£50 or more

£50 Reward

Pledge £50 or more today and we will say thank you by creating a reclaimed gift for you in our workshop. Choose from either a set of 4 wooden coasters or a candle holder.

£5 or more

£5 Reward

A 'Change Maker' poem written by one of our staff members as a thank you. Available in pdf form for easy printing!

£15 or more

£15 Reward

Donate £15 or more today and as a thank you we will send out a wooden key ring/ necklace handmade for you in our workshop.

£125 or more

£125 Reward

Pledge £125 or more to our cause and choose from a selection of bespoke hand made products to use or display in your home/ garden! As a thank you for your kindness you may choose from; A cable wheel clock, a large planter or a rustic wooden serving tray.

£250 or more

£250 Reward

Pledge a generous sum of £250 and we will offer you a year long membership of 10% off wood in our yard and workshop services. We will also inscribe your name permanently on our wooden supporters plaque.

£500 or more

£500 Reward

Donate the mammoth sum of £500 and you will be rewarded with a year long membership of 20% off wood in our yard & workshop services. You will also have your name inscribed permanently on our wooden supporter's plaque and be entered in the raffle to name our new van!

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