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‘Tyred’ bee garden creates a splash of colour at community allotments

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Published by Jo Foster for Crown Trade in Care and Support and also in Environment, Local Government

‘Tyred’ bee garden creates a splash of colour at community allotments ‘Tyred’ bee garden creates a splash of colour at community allotments

RECYCLED paint donated by Crown Paints has brightened up a unique bee garden at a community allotment scheme in Valley Walk.

Earlier this year, to mark its sponsorship of Climate Week 2013, Crown Paints launched the ‘Kick Out The Can’ initiative, which gave householders nationwide the chance to free up their sheds, garages and cupboards by returning their surplus paint to its network of Crown Decorating Centres.

DIY enthusiasts in Northamptonshire backed the fortnight-long scheme by returning their unwanted paint to local Crown Decorating Centres at Phoenix Parkway, Corby and Grafton Industrial Estate, Northampton.

The unwanted paint has been reprocessed by social enterprise Nimtech at Crown Paints’ Darwen site in Lancashire ahead of distribution to community projects across the UK in partnership with regeneration charity Groundwork.

The Green Patch community allotments in Valley Walk, Kettering is one of the first schemes to benefit from a donation of recycled paint, which has been used to brighten up 82 donated tyres which form a bee garden at the site.

Victoria Boulton, Development Director for Groundwork Northamptonshire, said: “We have painted the tyres in colours which reflect the colours of the flowers that are planted in them.

“The bee garden is becoming an integral part of The Green Patch and a place where users can sit and relax and have a break.

“The Green Patch provides a community hub and is a place where residents from the local area can come to buy fresh eggs, fruit and vegetables as well as a safe place for practical learning and volunteering.”

Groundwork Northamptonshire lease the land from Kettering Borough Council and have used the space to create community allotments where they run activities such as after-school and holiday clubs for disabled children, volunteer days, groups for local children and supported volunteering for adults with learning disabilities.

Sustainability Manager at Crown Paints, Mark Lloyd, said: “The Green Patch is a real community asset in Kettering and we are proud to have been part of sprucing up a valuable aspect of the work there.

“Nationally there has been much concern about the future of bees and this project, which offers so much to the local community, is providing an important resource for bees and for the people who get so much enjoyment out of the bee garden.

“We are delighted that our Kick Out The Can scheme has not only reduced waste by recycling unwanted paint, but is also proving to be a boon for community projects like The Green Patch in Northamptonshire and others across the nation.”

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