Go Green Week

Monday, 09 February 2015

Go Green Week is an annual event that raises awareness within schools, colleges and universities of our effects on climate change. The 2015 event is being held 9-15th February and gives us the excuse to blog on one of our favourite topics, up-cycling. It is amazing just what you can create with household and garden items that would otherwise end up in landfill. Here is a round-up of some fantastic and stylish ideas for gardens that we’ve been excited about recently…

A stunning archway made from logs

What a stunning archway made from logs at the Malvern Show

 

Garden structures

Eye catching gate made from pallets:

Marbles in a gate, an easy project for Go Green Week

Old marbles inserted into a gate or fence generate a lovely light effect

 

Pallets can also be used to make a cheap cold frame:

Simple cold frame

A really simple cold frame is ideal in our colder climate

 

Unwanted wooden window frames can make an effective greenhouse for a small garden:

Ideal for growing a few tomato plants this summer

Ideal for growing a few tomato plants this summer

 

Old stair posts and mismatched crockery make for a very quaint bird feeder:

A perfect bird feeder

A perfect bird feeder for a more rustic or quirky garden design

Paving

Paths needn’t just be made of stone/gravel.  How about these for statement paving?

A great use for any felled trees

A great use for any felled trees

 

Offcuts of wood make a great mosaic effect- bang on trend for 2015

Offcuts of wood make a great mosaic effect- bang on trend for 2015

 

Old bricks can make a simple but effective pathway

Old bricks can make a simple but effective pathway

Furniture

Some sanded-down wood and an old wheelbarrow wheel makes a stylish and easy to move bench:

Stylish and practice, great up-cycle!

Stylish and practice, great up-cycle!

Painted old tyres can be filled and covered with circular cushions:

Ideal for a covered seating area

Ideal for a covered seating area

Old oil drums take up so much space in landfill.  But they can make amazing garden seats (ok, doing this yourself is not one for the faint hearted!)

This up-cycled chair has a great art deco vibe

This up-cycled chair has a great art deco vibe

If you’ve got an old trampoline that the kids have grown out of, how about making a cool  hammock?

What a great way to use a discarded family trampoline

What a great way to use a discarded family trampoline

Outside rugs or mats can be expensive, so this is a great use for an old garden hose:

Simple to create using an old hose and some cable ties

Simple to create using an old hose and some cable ties

Planters

Planters can also be really expensive.  Save some money by having a go at one of these ideas…

Old bricks:

Simple and effective planter/garden lighting

Simple and effective planter/garden lighting

Tree stump planters:

These would look great in a rustic garden

These would look great in a rustic garden

Old tyres which we also blogged about back in April 2014:

A lick of paint prevented these old tyres being thrown away

A lick of paint prevented these old tyres being thrown away

We’ve included suggestions for projects big and small in the hope that we can inspire you to make a small difference this Go Green Week. We’d love to see any creations we’ve inspired you to make.

Thanks for reading,

All at Vialii


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