Bridport garden centre gives new lease of life to old flower pots (From Bridport and Lyme Regis News)
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Bridport garden centre gives new lease of life to old flower pots
THEY are potty about recycling at a Bridport garden centre – and now thousands of old flowerpots are being transformed into stylish outdoor items.
Groves Nurseries in Bridport run a popular flower pot recycling scheme for years, recycling more than 50 pallets of flower pots and plant trays every year.
The pots were taken away, never to be seen again until a few months ago Groves was approached by a Cornish design company looking for raw materials to make some interesting and useful items for the garden.
The firm, which is called Ashortwalk, based in Perranporth, were already making items for the home by using recycled vending machine cups but were looking to expand their range into garden items and thought that making these from old flower pots would be an obvious choice of raw materials.
They approached a number of garden centres across the country to set up pot recycling schemes including the West Bay Road garden centre which happened to already have such a scheme in place.
Charlie Groves, manager at Groves Nurseries said: “When Simon Dicker from Ashortwalk approached me, the decision to give our recycled flower pots to Ashortwalk seemed like a no brainer.
“They are a successful British design company who are making good quality and useful products.
“The fact that we collect the raw materials then end up with the finished product ourselves seemed like too good an example of closed loop recycling to miss.”
“The plastic pots are chipped, with a black dye added to make them all a uniform colour.
“They are then processed into pellets so that they can be moulded into pretty much anything.”
The finished products take on an appearance very similar to that of slate which means that they can be made into a whole range of items from garden clocks and thermometers to bird feeders and even placemats.
The full range of recycled gardening items can be found at Groves Nurseries in Bridport and on their website grovesnurseries.co.uk