An environmental management company involved in a project to create a new path linking two North Lanarkshire villages has opted for recycled plastic as its material of choice for a boardwalk section of the walkway.
Supplied and installed by Fusion Recycled Plastic, the 220m section of raised boardwalk is an integral part of the link between the villages of Wattston and Greengairs near Airdrie. The £50,000 boardwalk installation represents the final stage of the three-phase Stanrigg Memorial Park project – a linear stretch of green space that provides a pleasant walking route between the two communities, and which has been project managed by EB Scotland Ltd t/a Score Environment.
The raised boardwalk covers a marshy piece of ground on the path route, and according to William Beattie, managing director of Score Environment, recycled plastic was chosen as the construction material because it represented a sustainable solution.
“Recycled plastic is environmentally friendly and also very durable and resistant to corrosion, which means it does not require the same level of maintenance as wood and will last much longer,” he said. “The marshy area the boardwalk covers also features interesting flora and fauna, and the installation keeps both walkers’ feet dry and helps to protect the biodiversity of the area.”
Stephen Divers, managing director of Fusion Recycled Plastic, said: “Our boardwalks made from recycled plastic are designed to blend in with the natural environment and the flexibility in the construction of the material means they can follow natural contours. We are delighted to have been involved in this very worthwhile community project.”
The Stanrigg Memorial Park project was funded by EB Scotland and WREN through the Landfill Communities Fund.