Trunk call leads to recycled seating for dog walkers...
In a novel recycling scheme, trees felled in one area of Banbury are being used as seats for the elderly in another part of town.
The idea was suggested to Banbury Town Council by councillor Kieron Mallon after pensioners in Easington, who walk their dogs in Salt Way, pointed out there were no seats or resting places along the ancient bridleway.
Now, trees from Daventry Road – which were chopped down last autumn – have been turned into ‘natural’ benches and positioned along the pathway.
Mr Mallon realised that only minimal work would be necessary to convert the trunks, which were due to be mulched, into usable seats.
He said: “It was a way of providing residents with something they wanted at no cost to the council. Recycling is a priority for the town council and we are always looking at ways to re-use items. It is one way of keeping down our council tax demand and one of the reasons the town council’s tax figure has stayed the same since 2010.
“The trees had to be felled and this is a perfectly practical way of using them for the good of the community.”
Fellow councillor John Colegrave, who farms close to Salt Way, offered his forklift to put the trunks into position and on Friday, three new seats were placed along the historic track.
“I was happy to help get these seats into place. They look good and I’m sure they will be well used. It shows what can be done with a little imagination,” said Mr Colegrave.
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