Landfill tax funds recycled garden

The Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust has unveiled its new wildlife garden made from recycled and reclaimed materials, and funded by the Landfill Tax Credit Scheme.

Its creators claim that the Grundon Wildlife Garden is the first permanent ‘recycled’ wildlife garden in the UK, developed with the aid of £10,000 from Grundon Waste Management Ltd through Landfill Tax Credits. The garden’s features include flowerbeds constructed from industrial plastic fruit juice containers, planters made from pipe off-cuts, fencing made from old wooden pallets and reclaimed paving stone pathways. Other features include a pond filled with recycled water from a local sewage works and topped up with rainwater from the building roof.

“This project is a great example of good re-cycling practice, and we hope visitors of all ages will take note and follow suit, said Grundon Waste Management’s Managing Director, Richard Skehens, adding that he was looking forward to seeing it develop to maturity.

“It’s great to think that in a year’s time these old pipes, plastics and pallets, that would have been festering under the ground in a landfill site, will be home to maturing plants and teeming with insects and wildlife,” said writer and BBC TV wildlife gardening presenter Chris Baines.

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