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Free wood giveaway

A wood giveaway for North Ayrshire residents and employees is taking place on the last two weekends in June:

  • Saturday 23 June (8am to 4pm)
  • Sunday 24 June (8am to 3pm)

The giveaway is taking place at:

The old Dreghorn Recycling Centre, Station Brae, Dreghorn, KA11 4AJ (view map).

The site will be manned at all times.

The wood is all hardwood, and is available on a first come first served basis. Slots may be cancelled or closed early depending  on remaining stock.

Any future giveaway will depend on the success of the initial giveaway, and feedback. 


We will restrict access to only allow two vehicles into the site at a time.

Proof of North Ayrshire residency will be required, such as:

  • drivers licence
  • utility bill

If you are a North Ayrshire Council employee, you should bring along either:

  • your staff ID badge
  • a wage slip

At our discretion we may limit the amount of wood allowed per person.

This will be done:

  • in the interest of fairness
  • where we suspect the amount of wood being taken is for business use

The wood must be taken as is. It will not be cut by North Ayrshire staff on site. We cannot allow it to be cut on site by the person collecting it.

You will need to bring your own bags or storage boxes if required to place wood chippings.

Some shovels will be available if you need to use these to lift wood chippings.

Health and safety considerations

  • wear suitable clothing that you are not concerned about getting dirty or damaged
  • consider suitable gloves to minimise splinters, cuts and other abrasions
  • consider wearing sturdy footwear
  • consider safeguarding your vehicle with some sort of protective cover to minimise damage to vehicle bodywork and interior
  • take pieces of wood that are topmost and closest to you to reduce movement of the wood pile
  • feet should remain on the ground - do not step on the wood or wood chip piles
  • keep your back straight if bending
  • carry one piece of wood at a time and hold it close to your body

Why are we giving away wood?

The wood is a result of various work in North Ayrshire to trim and remove trees.

A large portion of the wood came from work to remove trees in the Broomlands and Bourtreehill areas of Irvine for housing.

We already use the woodchip for spreading on soil (known as mulch) as well as other decorative work including:

  • landscaping
  • pathways
  • surfacing play areas

However, we want to avoid the landfill costs and environmental factors of sending excess wood to landfill.

We believe there is an interest in this wood from members of the public who have made such enquiries during tree works.