The Trees & Woodlands team at Bradford Council, in collaboration with partner organisations, is actively engaged in the reduction of plastic waste. They achieve this by collecting plastic tree tubes from woodlands throughout the district, with the aim of recycling and repurposing them.

Teaming up with tree planting partners YorGreen CIC and Bradford Environmental Education Service (BEEC), the Trees & Woodlands team has successfully gathered over 7,000 tree tubes. These tubes have been given a fresh lease of life through the Tubex recycling project. Additionally, hundreds more have been thoroughly cleaned for future reuse in tree planting initiatives.

Numerous community groups and volunteers have extended their support to this commendable endeavour. This includes organisations such as Get Out More CIC, Zephyr Loans, Royal Mencap Society, FOD Mobility, YorGreen Friday Group, and BEES.

The project is reducing waste and is a more sustainable approach to woodland management.

Cllr Sarah Ferriby, Portfolio Holder for Healthy People and Places, said: “This is a great way to reduce waste and find a more sustainable way to deal with plastic tree tubes. It sets a great example to all tree-planting organisations. It’s also lovely to hear about the support it has received from community groups and volunteers. Well done everyone involved.”

Residents are warmly encouraged to partake in this ongoing initiative. Should you come across plastic tree tubes in council parks and woodlands across the Bradford District, kindly report their location to