If you wanted to teach your family about growing food you might buy a greenhouse but one father is making his own from 1,500 plastic bottles.
Corey Beecher, of Paddocks Road, Rushden, began collecting the bottles for the project two years ago and has now created the first panel of his eco greenhouse.
He said: “I’m a fairly keen gardener and I wanted to teach my kids about growing their own food. I’ve already put in some raised beds but they want to grow more things from scratch so I need to build a greenhouse.
“I’m also keen to teach my children about recycling and the benefits of recycling plastic and was inspired by an organisation in Scotland which made a greenhouse for a school out of plastic bottles. I’ve been collecting the bottles for about two years and have about 1,500 bottles now which should be enough.”
To create the greenhouse each bottle has to be washed, have its labels removed and have its tops and bottoms cut off. Four posts have to be cemented into the ground to make the corners of the greenhouse and a wooden frame has to be made for the walls, door and roof. The bottles are then threaded onto wooden canes so they are stacked on top of each other. Once the canes are finished they are attached to the wooden frame.
Mr Beecher began erecting his greenhouse at the end of June after looking on East Northamptonshire Council’s website for planning advice about greenhouses. But he hit a temporary snag when the council asked him to take it down.
A council spokesman said: “Our planning enforcement team was contacted by concerned neighbours about the plastic-bottle structure. Following a site visit, our enforcement officer spoke to Mr Beecher and explained that due to the size of the structure, it must be sited behind the building line of the property. Mr Beecher agreed to move the greenhouse to the rear of the property. We allow two to three weeks for the work to be carried out before taking any other action.”