Old tyres to become garden paradise

1st June 2012

Staff at Renault in Cardiff have found an innovative way of recycling their old car tyres, after donating 20 of the compounds to a school where children will transform them into a unique garden space.

Pupils at St David's Primary School in Cwmbran have agreed to take up the project, with the tyres donated by the car firm along with £50 which will then be spent on plants and soil.

The tyres will be painted by children at the school, before a variety of vegetables and herbs are planted.

It is hoped that the innovative new project will encourage pupils to care more for the environment and take more of an interest in plants and flowers.

Renault Cardiff general sales manager Darren Bowen was the brains behind the idea.

“We have to dispose of 10 used tyres a day. Schools are always short of money and I am more than happy to deliver the tyres free of charge for the children to help with projects such as road safety and how they can grow their own herbs and vegetables,” he told Wales Online.

It is estimated that around 100,000 car tyres are changed in the UK every day with firms regularly struggling to safely dispose of old compounds.

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Posted by Danielle Barge