Recycling the Chanel Boardwalk
Few will forget the day that fashion icon Chanel came to town. Central to the main event was a timber boardwalk formed within the central courtyard of the Palace. Many will also remember the excellent show that followed a few weeks later arranged by pupils at Linlithgow Academy but the story doesn’t end there. Just what did happen to all of that timber?
Historic Scotland (HS) were faced with a big challenge. The timber wasn’t suitable for a permanent structure within the palace and the alternative was to send it to landfill. Instead HS contacted Transition Linlithgow (TL) and asked if we could find a use for the timber. HS themselves would keep some of the timber for workshop shelters and other structures on their other sites, and the rest was available. Including the steel structure supporting the boardwalk.
The whole catwalk was supported by a steel frame which also needed recycling.
Keen to rise to the challenge, TL accepted. We first had to find temporary storage and our friends at Oatridge Agricultural College (SRUC www.oatridge.ac.uk ) offered a barn. We then needed to consider the fire retardant chemicals sprayed on the wood to work out what it was suitable for and finally we had to contact organisations to see if they could use the timber.
To keep a long story short, the photos on this page show the range of different uses the timber was used for.
The steel was taken to a local metal scrap yard and the proceeds (£193) will be used to help develop a Linlithgow Library or Stuff.
Here’s some other examples of what happened to the timber.
- Brae Court, Linlithgow – raised planters – motivated them to build more and get residents actively planting herbs, salads and flowers.
- Edinburgh College of Art – final year student project – www.pyreism.com – Sarah Marshall
- GalGael Trust – various timber projects and school playground shelter
- Linlithgow Bridge Nursery – planters
- Burgh Beautiful – enhancements to their boundary fence to keep out rabbits.
- Various small DIY projects – raised veg bed.
- Various small projects – lean-too storage shed.
- Edging for plots at the Allotments. LADAS.
- Clan Ranald Trust- a stage made out of a stage. Perfect recycling.
- Compost bins at allotments. LADAS.
- Linlithgow Academy – timber for wood craft classes (no photo)
- Polbeth and West Calder Community Garden (no photo)
- Various small projects around town, sheds, log stores, compost bins, etc.
- Oatridge College – for horticulture displays/etc. (no photo)
All of the timber and steel has gone now, and thanks to everyone who helped to salvage and re-use it for different purposes. Much better than going to land-fill.
The Transition Network also ran an blog / article on TL’s efforts to recycle the timber. Catchy title. “Its just a stage they are going through”… haha..