Recognised as a social enterprise in its purest form, Oak Tree is a professional container devanning company that offers opportunities for employment, training and skill development for people with barriers to employment. 


We began devanning containers in 2002 with a small team led by Mike Cooper. The team has continued to grow by offering specialist devanning services, and employing individuals from varied backgrounds. In 2020, we employed 83 new staff with 53 of them having barriers to employment. They delivered 4300 labour hours and devanned 3,455 containers. 

Oak Tree is wholly owned by Pathway Charitable Group, a registered charitable trust offering the tools and opportunity for people to make a fresh start. People needing employment or new skills, families or individuals needing accommodation and people about to be released from prison, come to us for a fresh start. We never give up on people. Ever.